Antonio Conte has made an enquiry for Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches.
Standard Sport understands that Conte spoke to Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti about the midfielder’s availability following Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat against the Bundesliga club in Singapore earlier this week.
Bayern are prepared to loan out the 19-year-old, who has started just six league games since joining for an initial £31.3m last summer.
AC Milan have been trying to arrange a two-year loan, but are no closer to securing the deal.
Conte wants to add another central midfielder to his squad, particularly as Tiemoue Bakayoko won’t be fit for the start of the season and Nemanja Matic is set to be sold.
Sanches, who is also wanted by Manchester United, impressed in Bayern’s victory against Chelsea on Tuesday and has already suggested he would be happy to leave on loan ‘if the opportunity arose’.
Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says that the club are not interested in selling the teenager, but will discuss a temporary switch elsewhere.
That would help solve Chelsea’s lack of strength in depth on a short term basis, but by talking to Ancelotti, Conte is clearly considering the idea.
Given Conte and Ancelotti are close friends it may give Chelsea an advantage in discussions should they pursue the idea.
Speaking about the Sanches situation, Rummenigge said: “We would send him out on loan for maximum one year because we are convinced he can become a good and useful Bayern player.
“He played magnificently (against Chelsea); you could see after the game how happy he was to make a breakthrough.
“I had a long talk with Renato and this is a story with an open ending. He does not necessarily want to leave, he wants to play. We all share this opinion.”
Significantly, AC Milan general manager Marco Fassone has revealed that his club are struggling to meet Bayern’s terms.
Fassone said: “I don’t know if he’ll be our next signing. We’ve been speaking to Bayern and the player for the past 20, 25 days.
“At the moment, Bayern are setting conditions that we cannot meet, but maybe in the coming weeks the situation will change.”