The Blues will have to beat Arsenal, Tottenham, and Juventus to the 19-year-old. They seem to be the first to make a move for the midfielder though, which will surely give them an advantage in negotiations over the trio.
A £10 million fee could be enough to sign the youngster, who is one of the most highly-rated prospects on the continent. Last season he made 21 appearances in Serie A, scoring two goals and assisting one as he broke in to regular first team football for the first time.
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The Stamford Bridge certainly looked in need of some reinforcements, especially some younger ones, during their 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday. Goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany, and Fernandinho showed up a lack of pace in Jose Mourinho’s side, and their Premier League title challenge could be in danger of flopping if they don’t make changes soon.