Chelsea are ready to pounce should Marco Verratti opt to leave Paris Saint-Germain, with The Sun stating that the Blues want to land the Italy international to bolster their options in the centre of midfield.
The former Pescara deep-lying playmaker is adjudged to be one of the best players in his position in world football and has been a crucial part of the Ligue 1 champions’ recent success.
However, with Verratti excelling in the French capital, Italy national boss Giampiero Ventura has stated that the midfielder could benefit from leaving PSG.
“The problem is that he doesn’t play in Italy, but in France. The rhythms are different; the strength of his team is so high that he never gets put in difficulty,” the Azzurri boss is quoted as saying.
“He must get used to putting 100 per cent into matches.”
Verratti signed a new deal at the Parc des Princes in the summer but the star’s agent has been outspoken over how contracts can be quickly reneged upon.
Antonio Conte knows the star midfielder well from their mutual time together in the Italian national ranks, with his potential acquisition on the cards next summer.
Chelsea currently have N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic in the heart of their midfield, with Cesc Fabregas also in contention for a starting XI berth.