Chelsea have reportedly identified Serie A champions Juventus playmaker Miralem Pjanic as a potential transfer target this summer.
Earlier this week, it was reported that the Blues transfer plans had been left in disarray, with the Blues yet to make the decision over Antonio Conte’s future.
Ex-Napoli head-coach Maurizio Sarri is expected to replace Conte eventually and according to Corriere dello Sport, Chelsea have reacted by considering a move for Juventus midfielder who has impressed in Serie A for years.
Pjanic has enjoyed stunning two years in Turin, with 14 goals being scored in 89 games in all competitions, while the Bosnia-Herzegovina international still has three years remaining on his contract.
However, the Catlan giants, Barcelona have already been credited with an interest in former AS Roma mand, and it appears that the Blues are ready to rival the Spanish giants as they look to strengthen in the middle of the park ahead of the next season.
The report has suggested that Juventus will demand in the region of £70m to part ways with Pjanic has still three years left on his current deal.
Chelsea are ready to hand Serie A giants AS Roma centre-back Kostas Manolas a £4.4million salary to make him one of Maurizio Sarri’s first signing at Stamford Bridge.
Sarri is reportedly closing in on a move to Stamford Bridge and already has a list of players he wants to work with at Chelsea.
And 27-year-old Greek centre-back Manolas is believed to feature prominently, with former Napoli boss is keen to bolster the backline.
According to reports in Italy, Chelsea are ready to activate Manolas’ £31.5million release clause in order to get the deal done as fast as possible.
Furthermore, the Corriere dello Sport have reported that the Blues will tempt to lure him away from Roma and reward him with a new bumper deal.
A move to Stamford Bridge would also represent the chance to work once again with Antonio Rudiger with whom he has played at Stadio Olimpico.
Meanwhile, Chelsea long-term target and AS Roma midfielder Radja Nainngolan is reportedly closing in on a switch to Inter Milan as Belgian has been spotted in Milan.
Manchester United are “confident” of securing the deal for Chelsea winger Willian following Brazil’s failure at the world-cup tournament.
Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho has made the 29-year-old his no.1 transfer target this summer according to The Sun.
Manchester United are believed to be locked in a two-way battle for Brazil international forward with La Liga giants Barcelona, with both teams offering £60m for the South American forward.
Willian previously vowed to focus on World Cup season before resolving his future, however, after his country’s defeat to Belgium national team in Russia, the Red Devils are believed to have stepped up their efforts to secure the services of Brazilian forward.
The winger has spent the last five season at Chelsea winning the Premier League title twice and both domestic cups in the process.
Mourinho has been a huge fan of 29-year-old Brazilian winger who has been the Blues best player while Portuguese manager has been in charge of the West London team for the second spell.
Meanwhile, Chelsea plan to use Willian in a makeweight deal for French winger Anthony Martial who is likely to depart from Old Trafford this summer.