Chelsea are interested in Sassuolo midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini, according to the Sun but it seems that a move to Stamford Bridge this summer is unlikely.
The Italian Under 21 international has been heavily linked with a return to his first club Roma in recent weeks, and La Gazzetta Dello Sport are reporting that the Serie A side will activate their €10million buyback clause for the player.
Sky Sport Italia (translated by Football-Italia.net) say talks between Roma and the player’s agent about personal terms have gone “smoothly” but intriguingly they also report that a release clause will be inserted into Pellegrini’s contract allowing for a future sale.
The 21 year old had an excellent season for Sassuolo last campaign, scoring eight goals and providing eight assists in 34 matches. The Italian club also struggled in the league last season, finishing twelfth, making the statistics all the more impressive.
The Italian generally plays as a central midfielder, and with Chelsea looking like sealing a £35million deal for Tiemoue Bakayoko, a move to sign Pellegrini was always unlikely, although things may change in future transfer windows.