Chelsea in danger to miss out signing of Inter Milan playmaker

Chelsea are set to land Serie A giants, Inter Milan starlet Cesare Casadei in a £12m deal, according to reports.

The Blues have held extensive talks to secure the services of the 19-year-old this summer and two offers have already been turned down by Inter Milan, however, the third, worth £12m, is likely to be accepted.

It had been thought that West London giants might miss out following to interest from French team Nice, who would be more likely to offer Casadei regular first-team football, however, The Guardian are now reporting that the West London giants are set to win the race for his services.

Casadei is yet to make his senior debut for Inter, however, the midfielder is widely regarded as one of the brightest talents in Italy.

Inter Milan had been holding out for a £20m fee for Casadei and also wanted the option to sign him back from the Blues in the next few years.

However, Chelsea are unwilling to allow Inter to have a buy back clause as they view Casadei as a key player for the future.

Casadei has been extensively scouted by the Blues academy chief Neil Bath and the team are hopeful of securing a deal after the £20m signing of Aston Villa playmaker Carney Chukwuemeka earlier in the window.

When asked about Casadei’s future this summer, Inter’s CEO Beppe Marotta said: ‘Today he’s a young talent. He still has a long way to go before he can become a top player, but we’re very proud to have him with us.

‘He’s training with the first team, he’s proving to be at a very good level.

‘Right now I can only talk about him in positive terms as he’s above average for his age, and after that a lot depends on him.

‘It will depend how he’s able to map out his future, because apart from the technical qualities, you also have to have the personal ones which are often more important in football.’