Reports from Italy and England suggested a potential January move for Cagliari midfielder Nicolò Barella as Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri urged to find a replacement before letting Cesc Fabregas leave Stamford Bridge.
It is understood the Spaniard has agreed a more lucrative long-term deal with the Ligue 1 side, however the move has been reportedly put on hold until tonight’s Carabao Cup clash against Spurs.
The Italian ace emerged as a potential substitute in midfield and Maurizio Sarri has been a huge admirer of the 21-year-old since his spell in charge at SSC Napoli.
Despite a reported £45m move for Barella could reasonably look unlikely just a week following the £58m signing of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund, we understand a £45m deal would be suitable for both sides even in the January transfer window.
If Chelsea would bring in two highly-rated talents among the prospect of a possible transfer ban in a near future, Cagliari president Tommaso Giulini could reinvest a part of the huge transfer fee to find a replacement [Nahitan Nandez from Boca Juniors, according to their president], with a project financing for a new multi-purpose stadium still ongoing.
Ergo, a surprise move for Barella in January does not reasonably look unlikely anymore.