The 24-year-old is set to be released on the expiration of his contract at Chelsea this summer with Thomas Tuchel’s side opting against triggering a 12-month extension on his existing terms.
This has allowed other sides to swoop for him with Premier League outfit Leeds United and Eredivisie club PSV both thought to have been interested in recruiting him, though it was unclear how much game time he would win at a top-tier level.
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Sheffield United were also believed to be interested in recruiting the Englishman along with former loan club Coventry, with the latter seeing him shine at the CBS Arena last term.
Injuries meant he was limited to just 29 league appearances for the Sky Blues – but was a regular starter when available and proved to be a considerable asset in their promotion push – with Mark Robins’ side previous one of the favourites to land him permanently after seeing the 24-year-old become accustomed to life in the Midlands.
However, QPR have made a last-ditch attempt to take him to Loftus Road and this has seemingly worked, with the centre-back now thought to be closing in on a move to Michael Beale’s side.
The reasons behind his decision to choose the R’s have now become clearer according to Coventry Live’s report, with Clarke-Salter liking the idea of being able to remain in the English capital and Beale’s men also offering him a bigger salary than the Sky Blues.
You can’t really criticise Clarke-Salter for making this move because it isn’t purely money-motivated. The chance to settle down in London for the long term without the fear of being sent out on loan elsewhere may help the 24-year-old to settle and that can only be a good thing for his performance levels.
As well as this, he will know he has a decent chance of being a regular starter at Loftus Road next term with Yoann Barbet leaving and former Aston Villa assistant boss Beale is very highly rated too, so may be excited about the chance to work with him.
They may have missed out on promotion last term following a poor run of form in the latter stages of the campaign under Mark Warburton – but they could be in the promotion mix this year if they make the right additions.
So for Clarke-Salter, this may have been a reasonably easy decision to link up with the west London outfit, even though the Sky Blues would have been another good option for him alongside the Blades.
Coventry are a side on the up so it will be interesting to see whether he’s made to regret not returning to the CBS Arena – but QPR are also an accomplished team in the second tier and will have big ambitions of their own.