LIST | 5 teams Maro Itoje could join on loan next season
Oooooooh, Maro Ittttoooooooje, oooooooh Maro Itooooooje!
Could it be that Saracens supporters have sung this ode to their superstar for the final time for a while?
Maro Itoje has stepped up over the past couple of seasons to become arguably the best player in the world, and his performances have been so influential that life without him must seem pretty stark for Sarries.
The reigning top-flight champions will drop into the Championship at the end of the current campaign after being automatically demoted for salary cap breaches.
And with the British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa penciled in for next summer, the second-row has been hunting for a temporary move away.
But which teams could realistically afford to sign Itoje, and who are the most likely to lure him away from Allianz Park?
1. Racing 92
A controversial plan to allow England’s second-row to play in France next season while still being available for the national team has sparked a major row between England’s leading clubs and the Rugby Football Union.
Itoje had been offered a seven-figure sum to join the top French side Racing 92 on loan
Despite Eddie Jones and other senior Twickenham officials hoping Itoje’s proposed switch would be approved, the idea was initially vetoed by other Premiership club owners.
However, it’s reported that Itoje may push once again to get his move to the French capital in the coming weeks.