Young Chelsea midfielder Victorien Angban is heading to Spain for his latest temporary stint away from Stamford Bridge, it was confirmed on Friday (22 July). The versatile Ivory Coast international has officially signed for La Liga outfit Granada on a season-long loan deal, joining teammate Jeremie Boga and Arsenal's Jon Toral in Andalusia.

Angban, who has already earned three senior international caps, was previously courted by Liverpool before joining Chelsea from Stade d'Abidjan last January.

Described by the club website as capable of operating as a "playmaker or box-to-box player", the 19-year-old has yet to make a senior appearance in English football and spent the 2015/16 campaign with newly promoted Belgian Pro League side Sint-Truiden.

He made 23 total appearances for the Limburg-based outfit as they finished 13th domestically and bottom of their Europa League play-off group. He joins a Granada side that finished one point above the relegation zone under Jose Gonzalez.

The Andalusians were previously owned by Gino Pozzo, who oversaw their rise from Segunda Division B to the top tier of Spanish football but recently sold his majority stake to Chinese company Link International Sports and Jiang Lizhang in a €37m (£31m, $40m) takeover in order to focus on his other two clubs, Watford and Udinese.


The new leadership have been quick to make their mark since arriving, appointing Javier Torralbo as sporting director and securing the highly regarded Paco Jemez as their new head coach following his departure from relegated Rayo Vallecano.

They are also expected to invest heavily in the transfer market, although so far only experienced right-back Tito has been signed on a free along with loanees Toral, Boga, Angban and Udinese's Gabriel Silva.

AS report that Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, Jozabed Sanchez and NEC winger Anthony Limbombe are expected to join shortly, while Jhon Cordoba, Ruben Rochina and Isaac Success have all departed.

Angban is the latest in another lengthy line of Chelsea loanees to leave this summer, with Nathan Ake joining Bournemouth and Real Betis retaining the services of Charly Musonda. Lewis Baker and Nathan have both had their stays at unofficial feeder club Vitesse Arnhem extended and Tomas Kalas has made the short trip to Fulham.

Mitchell Beeney, Kasey Palmer, Joao Rodriguez and Alex Kiwomya have also been sent out to gain experience and Wallace remains at Gremio.