Chelsea have agreed a £12.6m deal for highly-rated Inter Milan midfielder Cesare Casadei and will pay a further £4m in addition with the youngster offered a six-year contract
- Chelsea have agreed a £12.6m deal with Inter Milan for Cesare Casadei
- Inter Milan rejected a £6million bid for the highly-rated 19-year-old
- Thomas Tuchel’s side are keen to add younger talents like Casadei to their squad
Chelsea have agreed a £12.6m deal with Inter Milan for midfielder Cesare Casadei.
The Blues will pay an additional £4m for the 19-year-old and have offered a six-year contract with a medical this week.
Casadei, 19, is yet to make his senior professional debut for Inter but is regarded as one of the hottest prospects in Italian football, with Chelsea having a £6million bid rejected for the youngster earlier this summer.
Chelsea have agreed a £12.6m deal with Inter Milan for midfielder Cesare Casadei
Thomas Tuchel’s side have been heavily scouting Casadei and had a previous bid of £6m rejected
New Chelsea owner and interim sporting director Todd Boehly continues to support Tuchel in the market
Thomas Tuchel’s side have scouted the midfielder extensively.
It is believed that Casadei would initially be brought in as an academy signing, with the aim of eventually putting the Italy youth international into the first team.
It has also been reported that if he joins Chelsea, Casadei could be loaned back to Serie A to continue his development.
The move for Casadei comes as part of the ‘Vision 2030’ strategy that the new owners, led by Todd Boehly, have bought into.
With the Blues’ midfield pairing in a 2-2 draw with Spurs as Jorginho and N’Golo Kante aged 30 and 31 respectively, the club are aware that the squad needs to be refreshed with further youthful talent.
This has already been seen with the £20m signing of Aston Villa’s Carney Chukwuemeka, after the midfielder excelled for England at the European Under-19s.
Carney Chukwuemeka joined Chelsea for £20m as they aim to refresh their squad with younger talent
Sunday’s midfield pair of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are respectively 31 and 30 years old
Casadei is extremely highly regarded at Inter and, speaking about their young midfielder earlier this summer, Inter chief executive Beppe Marotta said: “Today he is a young talent. He still has a long way to go before he can become a top player, but we are very proud to have him with us.
“He is training with the first team, he is proving to be at a very good level.
– Right now I can only talk about him in positive terms, as he is above average for his age, and after that a lot depends on him.
It will depend on how he is able to map out his future, because apart from the technical qualities, you also have to have the personal ones which are often more important in football.
Meanwhile, Chelsea continue to look to strengthen their first-team squad for Tuchel before the window closes at the end of this month.
Following the departures of Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku, a striker is a priority with Barcelona forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang strongly linked with the club, while they are also reportedly close to a deal for the Catalan club’s midfielder Frenkie de Jong.