Exclusive: Chelsea to let player with a year remaining on his contract leave for free

EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Chelsea are set to let Todd Kane leave on a free transfer this summer with a number of Football League clubs chasing his signature, Football Insider sources understands.

The 24-year-old, who has been at Chelsea since Under-eights level, has one year to run on his contract at Stamford Bridge, but the club are ready to let him move on for free so that he can be playing regularly.

Chelsea plan to include a sell-on clause in his contract by allowing him to leave on a free so that they can profit on him if Kane progresses in the future how they think he might.

The right-sided player has never made a first-team appearance for Chelsea having spent the majority of his time at Stamford Bridge out on loan with spells at Preston North End, Blackburn, Bristol City and Nottingham Forest as well as stints abroad in Holland with NEC Nijmegen and FC Groningen.

Kane spent the second half of last season on loan at Oxford United and he impressed during his time at the Kassam Stadium, scoring three goals and providing two assists in 17 games for the League One club.

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News of Kane’s availability on a free transfer has alerted a host of Football League clubs with Kane boasting a wealth of experience from his loan spells having made over 150 first-team appearances.

Kane’s versatility in that he can right-back, right wing-back as well as left-back and in midfield makes him an attractive proposition to his suitors.

In other news, a transfer hijack involving Merseyside giants Liverpool has FAILED.