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Chelsea finalise ‘crucial’ midfielder transfer decision as Fabrizio Romano declares ‘here we go’

Italy U20 midfielder Cesare Casadei

Cesare Casadei receiving an award after the U20 World Cup

Chelsea have agreed a deal with Leicester City that will see Cesare Casadei spend the season on loan in the Championship, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Casadei joined Chelsea from Inter’s academy last summer. After failing to make his senior debut for his new club, he went to Reading on loan in January. His 15 appearances there built up his experience, but his spell ended in relegation from the Championship.

Now, Casadei is ready to be part of a squad that should in theory be competing at the opposite end of the table in the second tier. While Chelsea have been plotting the next step for his development, he has become a target for Leicester.

And according to Romano, Leicester have now ‘agreed’ terms with Chelsea that will enable them to take Casadei on loan.

The recent top scorer and best player at the under-2o World Cup will be due to take a medical with Leicester ‘this week’, per Romano.

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In the reporter’s words, Chelsea believe that it will be ‘crucial’ for Casadei to develop under the orders of new Leicester boss Enzo Maresca, who himself represented Italy at youth level in his own playing career.

With everything heading in the right direction, Romano has used his usual ‘here we go’ expression to predict that the move will indeed happen.

Another chapter of Chelsea midfield exodus

Casadei, who is still only 20 years old, remains under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2028.

He will be the latest midfielder to leave Chelsea this summer after the likes of Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. However, unlike all those players, he will only be heading away on a temporary basis and does have a future in west London.

At Leicester, he will help fill the void left in midfield by the exits of players like Youri Tielemans and James Maddison this summer following their relegation from the Premier League.

The Foxes have been proactive in attracting players who were on the books of other top-flight clubs to help prepare them for a promotion push. Other signings this summer have included Harry Winks from Tottenham and Conor Coady from Wolves.