The delay in appointing Maurizio Sarri as the new manager means that transfer targets are potentially being lost, and the Express say that Chelsea are looking likely to miss out on Uruguay international Matias Vecino, at Inter Milan.

The 26-year old arrived at the San Siro last summer from Serie A rivals Fiorentina, and went on to impress and make 31 appearances in all competitions – scoring three and assisting an additional three. Vecino has already played three out of three group games for his country at the World Cup and will take on Portugal in the last 16.

Maurizio Sarri was believed to have targeted a move for the midfielder once appointed, however the player’s agent was spotted visiting Inter Milan. Italian news source Tutto Mercato Web says that the agent Alessandro Lucci was there to actually discuss an improved contract for Vecino – if true that will be an instant blow to Sarri as well as Blues fans hoping to see the Uruguayan in west London next season.

Davide Zappacosta who yesterday was linked with a one season and out sale, could according to the Express, be potentially part of any deal that would see Inter Milan get an Italian defender plus cash for Matias Vecino.

Recent new signings at Inter Milan including Radja Nainggolan and Stefan de Vrij have excited and raised expectations for the new season, and if his Vecino’s agent is looking for an improved contract then it could be a case of once again Chelsea missing out on a player due to unresolved issues – in this case who will be the team manager for the 2018/19 season.

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