In the game of musical chairs at Chelsea, Victor Moses is the last man standing.
With the Blues confirming a deal has been reached for Brazilian playmaker Willian, Moses becomes the best choice to move out and make way for the 25-year-old. It would be foolish to get rid of somebody like Juan Mata, Oscar, Kevin de Bruyne or Eden Hazard. Unlike those players, Moses isn't a world-class attacker.
Even so, while he certainly has his faults, the Nigeria international would attract a fair share of suitors before the transfer window closes.
One of those suitors could be Liverpool.
Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail reported earlier this week that the Reds could bring the Nigerian winger in on a season-long loan:
Brendan Rodgers wants Chelsea winger Victor Moses on a season-long loan at Liverpool.
Moses, who travelled with the Chelsea squad to Manchester and may make the bench on Monday night for the game against Man United, can leave Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea want a £2million loan fee for the 22-year-old, but Liverpool will try to secure his release on reduced terms. Moses earns £55,000 a week at Chelsea and Liverpool are reluctant to match that.
But they are still hopeful of a deal as Moses prepares to leave Chelsea before the transfer deadline on September 2.
This would be a smart move for Chelsea.
Liverpool need wingers. They just confirmed Oussama Assaidi is moving to Stoke City on a season-long loan, leaving Luis Alberto and Raheem Sterling as the only natural wingers in the senior team. Moses would get a lot of playing time for Liverpool, as Brendan Rodgers looks to move Philippe Coutinho to a more inside position and add more width to his attack. When the 22-year-old returns to Stamford Bridge next year, he'd be a much better player and more prepared to fight for a first-team place.
At this point, Moses wouldn't get Chelsea a big fee. Other clubs know that the Blues would be looking to sell the player, and they'd use that against Chelsea to push for a lower price tag. Plus, given what Moses did last year, there wouldn't be a ton of clubs banging down Jose Mourinho's door to buy the player.
In a year's time, though, the winger could move to a club that is fighting for a Champions League place in Liverpool. He could get a fair amount of first-team football and demonstrate that he's a very good player.
Even if Chelsea wouldn't want to keep hold of him, they would be able to sell him for a larger fee than they would this summer.
Last season was far from a banner year for Moses. According to Squawka, in 23 Premier League appearances, he scored one goal and had 30 percent shot accuracy. He also only created 22 chances. For a comparison, Oscar created 47 chances, Hazard had 65 and Mata had a whopping 95.
Moses falls into a similar category as Antonio Valencia. They're very good players. However, on squads as loaded with stars as Chelsea and Manchester United, they do sometimes gets lost in the shuffle.
It's important to remember Moses is still pretty young. You don't want to write off a 22-year-old too early.
That's what happened to Daniel Sturridge. He had shown flashes of his talent, but it had yet to come together for him at Stamford Bridge. The 23-year-old was not getting a regular spot in the first team, and he moved to Liverpool for £12 million in January. Since that move, Sturridge has thrived and become exactly the player everyone thought he would.
Chelsea let a good young player get away for a reduced fee. They don't want to make that mistake again in the space of almost eight months.
By loaning him out, the Blues are ensuring Moses continues to get Premier League experience and grow as a player, and it's not going to hurt the club in the long run.