Torino of Italy defender, Ola Aina is at the centre of a storm brewing between the Serie A club and his parent team, Chelsea, who loaned him to the Serie A side in the summer.
However, footballllive.ng has gathered that, while Torino are eager to have Aina on a permanent deal in January, Chelsea are holding out for £8.7m buy out fee.
The deal, though, is heading for controversy, as Torino insist there was no inclusion of a buy-out clause worth that amount in their deal with The Blues and Chelsea’s desire to keep Aina will be tested in January.
Aina is being targeted by Torino for a permanent contract, as the 22-year-old has performed admirably for Il Toro, having made 10 league appearances, with two assists and man of the match awards to boot.
Aina signed a new contract with Chelsea in August that keeps him at Stamford Bridge until 2021.
However, with more established names ahead of him in the pecking order, it is unclear whether his future remains in west London, which occasioned his move to Turin in the first place.
There were suggestions that a permanent option to buy worth £8.7m was included in Aina’s loan deal, but this was not confirmed by either club, such that controversy may spill over into the New Year.