It’s been over a year since Chelsea were linked with Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini (November 2017), but with Maurizio Sarri now in charge, that could very well change.

Il Messaggero on Wednesday look at what the future could hold for the young midfielder, and while Manchester United appear to be the Premier League side ‘in pole’ (and that’s being generous), the Blues must not be forgotten.

That’s because Sarri somewhat did let the 22-year-old slip from his mind, but was ‘reminded’ of him after Pellegrini’s agent’s recent trip to England, according to the Italian newspaper.

Now we aren’t jumping to conclusions here (we are a bit), but with Milan apparently looking at Cesc Fabregas and the Chelsea manager unwilling to let the Spaniard go unless a replacement is lined up, could the Roma midfielder be that person?

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That isn’t stated, but it’s worth keeping in mind that Sarri does seem to like Pellegrini, and with the Blues in a far better position league wise than Manchester United (and they have an Italian manager who like to play attacking football to boot), they could easily jump ahead of the queue.

This is also the perfect time to remind you that, as things stand, the midfielder apparently has a €30m release clause, payable in two €15m instalments, which can only be triggered in the summer.

Maybe Fabregas will have to wait until June to get his move, then…