Chelsea could block AC Milan’s move to sign 22-year-old midfielder – report

Antonio Conte is fan of on-loan Chelsea midfielder Mario Pasalic as AC Milan look to complete a permanent deal, according to reports

Chelsea could block AC Milan’s bid to sign Mario Pasalic on a permanent deal in the summer, according to reports in Italy.

Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano – as quoted by his fellow Serie A reporter David Amoyal – has revealed that Conte is a big admirer of the Croatia international.

The Premier League leaders granted the midfielder permission to move to Serie A giants Milan on a season-long loan at the start of the 2016-17 season.

The San Siro outfit are thought to be eager to sign the 22-year-old in a permanent deal in the summer transfer window.

But Romano revealed that Conte is a big fan of Pasalic and Milan will have to produce a tempting deal to convince the Chelsea boss to part company with the Croatian.

Amoyal quoted Romano on Twitter as he wrote: “While Milan would like to keep Pasalic they’ll have to convince Chelsea since Conte holds him in high regard according to @FabrizioRomano”

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Pasalic has scored four goals and has made one assist in 21 appearances in Serie A this term.

Chelsea are looking to win their first Premier League title under Conte.

The Blues manager signed five players in the summer transfer window last year.

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