Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah has completed a deadline day move to Serie A giants Napoli. Chalobah, who had a spell with Burnley in the Premier League in the first half of last season before dropping down to the Championship to link up with Reading, joins the Italian club on a season-long loan where he will wear the no. 94 shirt.
The England Under-21 international becomes the 33rd player to leave Chelsea on loan this summer, joining Victor Moses and new signing Michael Hector in leaving the club in the final hours of the summer transfer window.
Napoli confirmed the move via their official website. While Chalobah has previously shown his willingness to test himself in other leagues – the midfielder was poised to join Bordeaux in France on loan last January before the French Football Federation blocked the move – his move to Italy has come as a surprise, particularly following comments from Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri.
When asked about the Chelsea midfielder on Sunday following Napoli's 2-2 draw with Sampdoria, he said: "I couldn't tell you, as I don't know anything about the player. If the club picked him then he must have some quality. I train whoever the club puts at my disposal," he was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
On a busy final day for Jose Mourinho's side, the club sealed a move for Reading defender Hector before sending him back to the Royals for the duration of the 2015-16 season. Hours earlier, the club confirmed the signing of another centre half in Papy Djilobodji from French club Nantes.
18-year-old forward Izzy Brown, who earlier this summer joined Vitesse Arnhem on loan for the season, signed a new four-year deal with the club, as did Victor Moses, who committed his long-term future before sealing his loan switch to West Ham United.