Young Brazilian playmaker Lucas Piazón is set to follow his Chelsea teammates Patrick Van Aanholt and Gael Kakuta to Vitesse Arnhem where he join on a season-long deal.
The Europa League champions have already have a strong relationship with the Eredivisie side after sending development players out on loan in the past, and In June saw Dutch international midfielder Marco van Ginkel make a permanent move to Stamford Bridge.
The 19-year-old is highly rated by the London club, and under new manager Jose Mourinho it was thought that he could play a role in the title challenge this year. This experience may have to wait a year as they have decided he is too raw to be thrust into the Chelsea first team squad. Last season, he had a successful six-month spell on loan with Spanish La Liga side Malaga where he made 14 first team appearances.
Piazón has made just one appearance for the Blues in the Premier League, which was during the 8-0 thrashing of Aston Villa. However, the midfielder endured mixed fortunes after arrving as a second-half substitute to lay on an assist for compatriot Ramires, before seeing his penalty saved by Villa ‘keeper Brad Guzan.
In early 2011, Chelsea secured the services of the young Brazilian by means of a pre-contract, having to fight off the interest from a number of the world’s leading clubs, including Serie A giants Juventus. Finally on the 15th of March of that year, São Paulo announced that Piazón could only play for Chelsea senior team after 20 January 2012 when he became eligible to obtain a work visa, but he would join in the 2011 summer transfer window.
If Vitesse can capture this loan deal it will go a long way to fill the gap left by Van Ginkel this past summer.
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