The Blues new signing Omeruo could be going out on-loan straight away.
After securing a five-year work permit for Nigerian teenage sensation Kenneth Omeruo, Chelsea are looking at the possibility of loaning the defender, with Liverpool showing interest, reports the Daily Mail.
Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion have also expressed a desire to take the 19-year-old on-loan, but the Reds appear to be leading the race currently.
Omeruo has risen to prominence in 2013 as an integral part of the Nigerian national team and alongside domestic team mate Victor Moses, was one of the key players behind the country’s African Cup of Nations triumph earlier in the year.
The Blues used their ‘special talent’ option to ensure the centre-back was granted a work permit by the British Home Office – the same thing was done for Omeruo’s fellow countryman Jon Obi Mikel in 2006.
Yet returning manager at Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho, wants the African to spend time away from west London in order to develop as a player and earn some vital first team experience.
The club have found success in similar setups with starlets such as Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Tomas Kalas and Chelsea are now reaping the rewards, with the trio ready for first team action after impressive loan spells.
Liverpool are still looking to improve their defence after the retirement of Jamie Carragher, doubt over the future of Martin Skrtel and Sebastian Coates’ inability to make an impression on the first team.