Real Betis are keen on signing 24-year-old Chelsea outcast Malang Sarr on loan in January to improve their defensive ranks.

According to Fichajes, Real Betis could target a swift move for Malang Sarr in the January window. The 24-year-old Chelsea outcast has no place at Stamford Bridge this season, as the club failed to find a solution for him in the summer window.

Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia decided that the latter stages of the European transfer window were the ideal time to search for a top-draw central defender. They ended up knocking on several doors, and almost all clubs rejected their approaches.

Real Betis, after some rejecting Al-Ittihad’s advances for Luiz Felipe, eventually caved in and accepted a reasonable offer beyond the closure of the summer window. For the Saudi side, their window was still open, and they took full advantage of the situation.

Liverpool’s Ibrahima Konate and Arsenal’s Gabriel Magalhaes were among the names targetted by the Saudi side. However, in losing Felipe at the stage they did, Betis took a significant risk in the context of their footballing season.

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Now, they are struggling with a thin backline and are desperately searching for a new defender. Their train stopped on Chelsea’s door as they could eye up a move for 24-year-old outcast Malang Sarr. The Frenchman does not have a place under Mauricio Pochettino.

Chelsea were ready to sell him during the summer window but could not find a suitor to take the defender. Sarr has only played eight times for the club in the Premier League and returned for pre-season after an underwhelming loan spell at Monaco last season.

Even beyond the closure of the window, some Turkish clubs reportedly chased him but, again, could not find a solution to take the 24-year-old Chelsea outcast. Now, Real Betis are open to signing the Frenchman on a loan deal from January until the end of the season.

The Spanish side wants to bring forward the move to sign the defender as they are in desperate need to add. Their backline looks thin and may not take the pressure of multiple competitions, domestically or in Europe.

With Chelsea also very keen to offload the 24-year-old defender, Betis could start talks with some confidence. Sarr would want to play regular football, and as things stand, Stamford Bridge is not the place for that, at least this season.

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