Chelsea transfer news: The Blues are closing on a deal to sign Cesare Casadei from Inter Milan.
The Stamford Bridge outfit have already agreed on personal terms with Casadei, who has also attracted transfer interest from Ligue 1 side Nice. Fabrizio Romano reports that the decision has already been made, and Chelsea is now looking to reach an agreement with Inter Milan.
Chelsea have already had two bids for Casadei rejected by the Serie A outfit. They are preparing a third bid now. Romano reports that the third bid could be worth up to €15m plus add-ons.
Romano also adds that the 19-year-old will be joining Chelsea on a six-year contract – should Inter accept their third bid.
Chelsea transfer news: Who is Blues’ transfer target Cesare Casadei?
Casadei is an Italian midfielder who plays for Inter Milan. The 19-year-old began his youth career with Cervia. He then joined A.C. Cesena before moving to Inter Milan in 2018. He quickly rose through the youth ranks at Inter, and but has not yet made his senior team debut.
He has also represented Italy at the youth international level. Casadei has played for Italy’s u-16, u-17, u-18, and u-19 teams.
It is unclear whether Chelsea plans to integrate Casadei into the first-team squad soon after completing his signing. Chelsea have a number of options in the midfield, and Casadei could find game time hard to come by. The Blues could also send him on loan to another club this season, or play him in their development squad first.
Who have the Blues signed so far in the 2022 summer transfer window?
Chelsea have made a slew of signings as they look to bolster their squad. The Blues have signed England international Raheem Sterling from defending Premier League champions Manchester City. Sterling has joined Chelsea on a five-year contract.
Following the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, Chelsea have also reinforced their defensive department. They have signed Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli and Marc Cucurella from Brighton & Hove Albion.
Koulibaly has signed a four-year contract with Chelsea, with an option for another year. Meanwhile, Cucurella has put pen to paper on a six-year contract.
Chelsea have also already signed two young players. They signed 18-year-old young midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa on a six-year contract.
They have also completed the signing of 18-year-old American goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina from the Chicago Fire. Chelsea have since loaned the young goalkeeper back to Chicago Fire.