Chelsea have reached an agreement with Inter Milan to sign Cesare Casadei, according to Sky in Italy.
The deal is worth £12.6 million (€15 million) plus £4.2 million (€5 million) in add-ons.
The very last details between the two clubs are being filed.
The midfielder is expected to leave for England on Wednesday and then undergo a medical on Thursday.
Casadei is 19 and hasn’t made a senior appearance for Inter.
New Chelsea owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital have spent their first summer in charge at Stamford Bridge carrying out a rapid overhaul in every department.
The ambitious US bosses spent £176.5m on new signings this summer, mostly on three first-team signings: Marc Cucurella (£63m), Raheem Sterling (£47.5m) and Kalidou Koulibaly (£34m).
The very promising young guard Gabriel Slonina has been signed and will remain on loan at the Chicago Fire. Chelsea are also reportedly in talks with Barcelona over a deal for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as the quest to steer Wesley Fofana away from Leicester continues.
Everton reject Chelsea’s £40-45m offer for Gordon
Chelsea are also keen to sign Everton striker Anthony Gordon, but have had his offer of around £40-45m rejected.
Conversations between the two clubs have been ongoing for a few days but the London club have now formalized their interest. However, it is understood Everton are unwilling to sell the player and a new contract remains on the table for Gordon.
An improved offer from Chelsea could well test Everton’s resolve as Frank Lampard needs to add forward options to his squad before the end of the transfer window and a potential deal would increase the finances to make that happen.
Chelsea were linked with a move for Gordon last week but it was understood Everton have not received an official offer at this stage.
Gordon has started both of Everton’s Premier League games so far this season, playing as a false No.9 in the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin as the striker recovers from a knee injury.
Gordon has made 51 Premier League appearances so far for Everton, scoring four goals.
It was his free-kick that led Jarrad Branthwaite to equalize against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last December.
‘Everton can’t afford to let Gordon go’
Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher:
“It’s a lot of [£40m] for a young player who has just come onto the scene, but I don’t see how Everton could accept that. The position they are in right now, with no attacking players.
“He’s the only big hope for the club. The fans are not deaf to Everton. They’ve lost their first two games and they know they’re going to have a tough season. there’s no way they can let him go.
“Especially with him being a local lad, it’s him the fans hang their hats on. I think it would have to be much higher than that if Everton were to sanction that.”
Where would Gordon fit in at Chelsea?
Sky Sports’ Karen Carney:
“There have been rumors that Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech are leaving so he would be more of a similar replacement for either of them. He’s young, he’s an English talent and that’s the kind of recruitment that they have chosen.
“They want young, experienced players. In terms of bringing in a proven centre-forward, that’s not the type of player or response we’re talking about.”
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