Chelsea’s hopes of signing Ben Chilwell could suffer a blow after Inter Milan ruled out moves for two current Stamford Bridge defenders.
The Serie A giants are on the hunt for a new left-back this summer and had been linked with Blues duo Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri.
Both players could be moved on as Frank Lampard looks to make Leicester and England ace Chilwell his next big-money signing.
Chelsea have already brought in Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner for a combined £90million, with Chilwell expected to cost around £75m.
To fund that deal, Chelsea will almost certainly need to move one of Alonso or Emerson on. But Inter have their doubts over any potential moves.
Indeed, La Repubblica, via the Daily Express, claims the Italian outfit fear the duo are ‘too expensive’ and will try and sign a Man Utd star instead.
The report adds that Inter are now considering Old Trafford flop Matteo Darmian as a more attainable option.
Darmian joined Parma for £2m in September 2019 but has provided one assist in 23 appearances.
Conte coached the 30-year-old during his reign as Italy manager and is said to be keen on a deal.
Whether Inter’s switch of targets plays a major part in Chelsea’s ability to bring in Chilwell remains to be seen. However, Lampard remains determined to get his man, as he plots a title challenge next season.
Willian agrees Chelsea extension
Meanwhile, Manchester United transfer target Willian is understood to have agreed a short-term contract extension at Chelsea.
The Evening Standard says Willian has penned a deal that will see him stay until the end of the season. His existing deal was due to expire this month.
The report also claims the club are “confident” Pedro has also agreed to extend his time at Stamford Bridge.
The Spaniard has agreed to join Roma, while Willian has been offered a two-year deal to remain at Chelsea.
The Brazilian, however, is seeking a three-year deal and is attracting interest from United, plus Arsenal and Tottenham.
According to France Football, Manchester United have made contact with the 31-year-old’s representatives. Read more…