Nine years after his first loan away from Chelsea, The London giants longest serving player Lucas Piazon finally leave the club on permanent transfer.
Braga took to their official website to confirm that they had brought Piazon in on a permanent basis, giving the 26-year-old the long-term base he has long been crying out for.
— SC Braga (@SCBragaOficial) January 14, 2021
Often the poster boy for everything wrong with Chelsea’s loan army, Piazon was actually the Blues’ longest-serving player, having spent ten years at the club and remaining on the books nine years after making his first-team debut.
Piazon played only three times for Chelsea since joining the club in a £5 million ($7m) move from Sao Paulo back in 2012.
That honour has now been passed over to right-back Cesar Azpilicueta, who joined from Marseille in 2012 and recently made his 400th appearance for Chelsea.
The attacker has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Portuguese side Braga.
Braga will not pay a fee for Piazon, who is still to complete a medical with the Primeira Liga side.
The Blues have been keen to trim their loan group ahead of new FIFA regulations coming in the summer that limit clubs stockpiling senior talent.