The 19-year-old Ghanaian made quite an impression in Serie A last season, although he was unable to prevent his side from suffering relegation to Italy’s second tier.
Donsah was part of Ghana’s side at this summer’s FIFA Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand and is also the subject of interest from West Ham United (via The Daily Mail).
The tough-tackling midfielder has been dubbed the ‘new Michael Essien’ [Mirror] and is clearly a player with a bright future, although Cagliari’s president Tommaso Giulini believes the player would be best served by remaining with the club rather than moving on, stating via The Metro: “We had a chat a few weeks ago with Chelsea, but I am stunned by all these rumours around him. The lad needs to grow up with us.”
As with any young prospect considering a move to Stamford Bridge, Donsah will have to think about whether his overall career progression would benefit from the likely time it would take to force his way into Jose Mourinho’s first team plans.
Mourinho has a host of defensive and holding midfield options at present, with Serbian Nemanja Matic now the regular in the Chelsea starting line-up.
The Blues boss can also call upon John Obi Mikel, Nathan Ake and Kurt Zouma as strong back-up options, while Ramires can also do a job in the heart of the park.