Chelsea could go for Cesare Casadei as the transfer window gradually comes to a close.
Chelsea are set to land Serie A giants, Inter Milan starlet
Cesare Casadei in a £12m deal, according to reports.
The Blues have held extensive talks to secure the services
of the 19-year-old this summer and two offers have already
been turned down by Inter Milan, however, the third, worth
£12m, is likely to be accepted.
It had been thought that West London giants might miss out
following to interest from French team Nice, who would be
more likely to offer Casadei regular first-team football,
however, The Guardian are now reporting that the West
London giants are set to win the race for his services.
Casadei is yet to make his senior debut for Inter, however,
the midfielder is widely regarded as one of the brightest
talents in Italy.
Inter Milan had been holding out for a £20m fee for Casadei
and also wanted the option to sign him back from the Blues
in the next few years.
However, Chelsea are unwilling to allow Inter to have a buy
back clause as they view Casadei as a key player for the
Casadei has been extensively scouted by the Blues academy
chief Neil Bath and the team are hopeful of securing a deal
after the £20m signing of Aston Villa playmaker Carney
Chukwuemeka earlier in the window.
When asked about Casadei’s future this summer, Inter’s CEO
Beppe Marotta said: ‘Today he’s a young talent. He still has
a long way to go before he can become a top player, but
we’re very proud to have him with us.
‘He’s training with the first team, he’s proving to be at a very
‘Right now I can only talk about him in positive terms as he’s
above average for his age, and after that a lot depends on
‘It will depend how he’s able to map out his future, because
apart from the technical qualities, you also have to have the
personal ones which are often more important in football.’