Chelsea FC ready to launch £40m offer to sign Serie A star – report

Chelsea FC are interested in a deal to sign Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella, according to a report

Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri Photo: The Sport Review

Chelsea FC are ready to make a €45m (£40m) offer for Cagliari star Nicolo Barella, according to a report in Italy.

Cagliari media outlet Unione Sarda, as quoted by The Sun, is reporting that the Blues are looking to beat Inter Milan and Juventus to the signing of the impressive Serie A star.

The same article states that it is believed that Cagliari would be tempted to sell the 21-year-old midfielder for a bid of around £40m.

The same story is covered by Calciomercato, where it is claimed that although Inter Milan and Juventus are thought to be heading interest form Serie A, AS Roma and La Liga side Atletico Madrid are also keen on a deal for Barella.

The Cagliari midfielder’s only goal in Serie A this season came in a 1-0 victory over Atalanta in September.

Barella’s performances for Cagliari have earned the midfielder a call-up to the Italian national team under former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.

The Chelsea FC target has made four appearances for the Azzurri following his debut in a 1-1 draw with Ukraine in Genoa in October.

The Blues are in the market to sign a midfielder amid reports that Cesc Fabregas will complete a switch to AC Milan.

According to a report in The Sun on Wednesday, Sarri won’t sell Fabregas until a replacement has been recruited.

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