Chelsea are eyeing up a big-money transfer swoop for one of Italy’s big-prospect midfielders, 18-year old Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali.
The youngster has caught the eye of a number of top clubs for his impressive performances in Italy’s Serie B, with three assists in seven appearances this season, whilst also being capped 10 times for Italy’s U19 side.
Italian news source Calciomercato state that Maurizio Sarri has made Sandro Tonali a target for the club, but the wily Italian will face competition from clubs such as Juventus, Inter, Roma and AC Milan, for whom the midfielder is being dubbed as the ‘next Pirlo’.
Atletico Madrid are also potential rivals for Chelsea in the signature of Sandro Tonali, according to the report.
The 18-year old is said to have convinced visiting scouts that his performances for club and country will see him able to make the jump up to a higher-level and become a first team midfielder in the near future.
Calciomercato do suggest that a move for Tonali won’t materialise until at least next summer – with any club able to sign him from Brescia likely to have to pay around €15 million.
Chelsea are likely to lose Mateo Kovacic next summer as his loan expires from Real Madrid and there appears to be no deal in place for the Blues to sign the Croatian on a permanent deal – leaving a space in the midfield for Maurizio Sarri to replace. With the future of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Drinkwater and Cesc Fabregas also up in the air, the Blues midfield line-up could look very different next season.