Lucas Piazon has signed for Braga in Portugal, after amassing seven loan stints in his 10 years as a Chelsea player.
Chelsea signed the then-coveted young Brazilian from Sao Paulo in 2011, but he was only eligible for a work permit to start in January 2012.
Midfielder Piazon technically leaves as Chelsea’s longest-serving player, though he made just three senior appearances for the Blues, and all in 2012.
He has had temporary spells at Malaga, Vitesse Arnhem, Eintracht Frankfurt, Reading, Fulham, Chievo and Rio Ave during his time with Chelsea.
But now the 26-year-old has finally made the permanent move away from west London.
“Lucas Piazon is the new signing for SC Braga,” the Portuguese outfit announced on their official website.
“The attacking midfielder played in Liga NOS this season with Rio Ave and has signed for the club until 2025.
“The 26-year-old has played in most major European leagues.
“Lucas Piazon is SC Braga’s seventh signing this season.”
Chelsea make contact with duo
Meanwhile, Chelsea have held talks with two of their candidates to replace Frank Lampard as manager, one journalist claims.
Lampard is coming under pressure after a run of bad results over the past few weeks. Chelsea have won just one of their last six Premier League games.
Most recently, they got back on track with an FA Cup win over League Two side Morecambe. But the league is what Lampard will be judged on ultimately, so they need to turn their season around quickly.
Chelsea have slid down the table as a result of their form and are now ninth in the standings – a long way off where they wanted to be.
Therefore, there have been rumours that Roman Abramovich could sack Lampard and bring in a more experienced replacement.
While such a decision is not expected to be imminent, there are now rumours that the Chelsea owner has been in touch with two potential replacements for Lampard.
According to Christian Falk of SportBild, Chelsea have made initial contact with the entourages of Massimiliano Allegri and Thomas Tuchel.