On Wednesday, L’Equipe reported that Cesc Fabregas’ move to AS Monaco is pending as Chelsea are in the process of finding his replacement.

Nicolò Barella of Cagliari is identified as one of the targets for the Premier League outfit and there’s an update about the midfielder from Tutto Mercato Web.

The 21-year-old is now one of the hottest properties in Serie A and the Italian website explains he could be subjected to a bidding war in June.

Maurizio Sarri would prefer to have him taken off the market this month and the Blues have made a ‘big offer’ of €55m for the player, who plays alongside Chelsea’s Jorginho and Marco Verratti of PSG for Italy in the centre of the field.

Barella’s signing meets the technical demands of the former Napoli manager and also the management of club.

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TMW mentions Cagliari president Tommaso Giulini is of the belief that he may not receive an offer of €55m for his star in the summer, which is why he is open to the idea of sanctioning his sale in January.

However, Chelsea have an obstacle because the Italy international does not want to leave his current employer midway through the season due to family reasons, which is why he will say ‘no’ to the English outfit.

Baarella wants to wait for the next transfer window before making a transfer as there are clubs like Napoli, Inter and AS Roma looking at him, while Juventus could also join the race in the summer.