Italian side Torino have confirmed the capture of Super Eagles full-back Ola Aina from Chelsea on a permanent basis after the club revealed they have exercised their right to make his loan deal a permanent one, AOIFootball.com reports.
The 22-year-old enjoyed an impressive spell in Italy during the 2018-19 season, making 30 Serie A appearances, starting 22 of those games whilst also providing three assists as the club narrowly missed out on European qualification.
The option to sign Aina permanently for €10 million was included in the deal agreed on last summer but facing the possibility of a transfer ban, Chelsea have had second thoughts about selling their talented academy graduate.
The Blues have been closely monitoring their loan players and deciding who is good enough to get a chance with Aina among that clutch of youngsters to be considered for a squad role next season.
But according to Torino President, Urbano Cairo, the versatile defender would now remain at the Stadio Olimpico beyond the current expiration of his deal.
“We’ve redeemed Aina for €10m, as well as Cristian Ansaldi, and Koffi Djidji. Now Torino owns all their players,” he said.
The Nigerian had renewed his Chelsea contract at the end of last season, signing a deal to keep him at Stamford Bridge through to 2021.