African defender set to return to Chelsea after loan deal expires at Fenerbahce

Fenerbahce are highly unlikely to land former Nigeria international Victor Moses on a permanent deal, in spite of having the option to buy the wing-back at the end of their loan agreement.

The 28-year-old star is too expensive for the Turkish outfit due to his £75,000-a-week wages, in addition to the sum required to sign him.

His contract with Chelsea expires in the summer of 2021 and it will leave the player available to depart on a cut-price deal next summer.

Despite not being in the Blues’ long-term plans, Victor has been influential for the Turkish club with four goals in 14 Super Lig appearances last campaign.

Victor began 2019-20 with a goal and an assist in the 5-0 win against Gazisehir on August 19, but also suffered a muscle injury in that match and has not played since.

Fenerbahce failed to qualify for Europe last campaign, while they’re also facing sanctions for a failure to respect UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules that required them to balance spending with revenue.

That is understood to be a significant restriction for Fener’s transfer activity, including the signing of Moses.

The loan move to Istanbul is the fourth for the Nigerian star since he joined Chelsea from Wigan Athletic back in 2012.

Chelsea sent Moses to Liverpool, West Ham United and Stoke City before he had a resurgence under manager Antonio Conte where the star was converted into a wing-back in the title-winning season of 2016-17.

Victor signed his current deal during that season and he was nominated for African Footballer of the Year but fell down the pecking order once again the previous season under Maurizio Sarri.