Chelsea are told to pay £12m by Inter Milan for highly rated 19-year-old midfielder Cesare Casadei – with the Blues having already seen a bid half that value rejected by the Italian side
- Chelsea have been chasing the highly-rated midfielder for majority of summer
- Inter Milan are holding out for £12m for the 19-year-old midfielder to depart
- Blues so far offered half of that price tag for a player yet to make senior debut
Italian giants Inter Milan are holding out for £12m for their highly-rated midfielder Cesare Casadei.
Casadei, 19, is yet to make his senior professional debut but is seen as one of the great emerging hopes out of Italian football at present.
Such is his potential, Chelsea have been chasing the player all summer and have seen a bid of £6m turned down by Inter for the player.
Chelsea continue to chase the highly-rated 19-year-old Cesare Casadei of Inter Milan
Chelsea have extensively scouted the box-to-box player who it is said will initially be brought in as an academy signing with a view to eventually bedding him into the first team.
Chelsea’s established midfield pairing of Jorginho and N’Golo Kante are 30 and 31 respectively with the club aware that the squad needs freshening up in the next few years.
It has been reported that were Chelsea to land Casadei he could also be loaned back to Serie A.
Inter Milan are holding out for £12m for the player with Chelsea only having bid half of that so far this window
The club’s pursuit of youthful signings is a key part of the ‘Vision 2030’ strategy that the new owners, led by Todd Boehly, has bought into.
Carney Chukwuemeka, a recent acquisition from Aston Villa at the price of £20m, is also a player who represents part of that strategy.
Meanwhile, the club continue to pursue players for the first team as Thomas Tuchel and Boehly look to bolster the squad further before the window slams shut just after the end of this month.
With the club having allowed Timo Werner to leave the club for RB Leipzig, it is believed they will now move for a forward with Raheem Sterling now representing the only figure in the squad who guarantees the team regular goals.