Speaking to reporters, Cairo said “We exercised our option to buy Ola Aina, as well as [Christian] Ansaldi and [Koffi] Djidji.
“Now Torino own all their players.”
As quoted above, Aina’s arrival would make him Torino’s third permanent signing of the summer so far, with Christian Ansaldi and Koffi Djidji opting to join the club ahead of next season.
Aina first tasted first-team football with Chelsea in 2016 when the west London club faced Bristol Rovers in the EFL Cup. The youngster found great success in the Chelsea youth ranks, where he won two Uefa Youth Leagues and two FA Youth Cups before reportedly making his switch to Italy.
Chelsea confirm departure
Further to Cairo’s comments, Chelsea also confirmed the permanent departure, which represents yet another of their academy graduates failing to make the grade at Stamford Bridge.
Alongside Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard, Kylian Hazard and Fankaty Dabo, Aina is Chelsea’s fifth departure of the summer so far.
A statement on the club’s official website read: “Ola Aina is to complete a permanent transfer to Serie A side Torino.
“The defender made six appearances for the Blues during the 2016/17 campaign. He joined the club as an Under-11 and progressed through our Academy where he won multiple honours. The 22-year-old will now move to Torino who have exercised an option to make the deal permanent after he spent a successful season on loan there in 2018/19. He made 32 appearances and scored once.
“Everyone at Chelsea Football Club would like to thank Ola for his services and we wish him the best of luck for the next stage in his career.”