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Victor Moses to join Spartak Moscow on permanent deal

Tom Gott
Victor Moses will swap Chelsea for Spartak Moscow
Victor Moses will swap Chelsea for Spartak Moscow / Clive Mason/Getty Images
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Spartak Moscow have confirmed they will sign Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses following his successful loan spell with the Russian side.

The 30-year-old joined Spartak last summer on a temporary deal which would turn permanent if they finished in the top three of the Russian Premier Liga.

Moses bagged four goals and four assists in his 19 appearances with Spartak, firing them up to second in the table, and now the Spartak press office have confirmed they will trigger the option to keep the Nigeria international around permanently.

"His contract would be automatically redeemed if the team finished in the top three, and we finished second," said PR director Anton Fetisov (via RIA Novosti).

There has been no official confirmation of the fee, but according to Goal's Nizaar Kinsella, Chelsea are set to net around £4m in the deal.

A quick glance of Spartak's Twitter feed will tell you just how happy the Russian side will be to keep him around.

Spartak have deployed Moses in the right wing-back role in which he excelled under Antonio Conte at Chelsea. The Nigerian played an enormous part in the Blues' Premier League title triumph of 2016/17, but his role in the 2012/13 Europa League win deserves plenty of credit too.

During his nine years on the books at Chelsea, Moses racked up 128 appearances, scoring 18 goals and creating another 13.

He spent a lot of time out on loan, with Liverpool, Stoke City, West Ham, Fenerbahce and Inter all hosting Moses before his spell with Spartak this season.

Victor Moses
Moses was a star under Conte / Michael Regan/Getty Images

Moses is expected to be the first of several sales from Chelsea this summer. Loan players like Ross Barkley, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Davide Zappacosta and Michy Batshuayi could be among the more high-profile exits.

Chelsea must also resolve the future of AC Milan loanee Fikayo Tomori. I Rossoneri have the option to buy the centre-back permanently for around £25m, but there have been conflicting reports over their willingness to pay that kind of money.


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