Maurizio Sarri wants to make Juventus defender Daniele Rugani one of his first signings if he lands the Chelsea job.
The former Napoli boss is still in talks about taking over at Stamford Bridge after he was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti.
A £8m release clause in Sarri’s deal is proving to be the sticking point, but it is hoped a resolution can be found, especially now that reports suggest Napoli will accept a lower fee for their still-contracted coach.
The Italian is wary that time is running out for transfers should he land the Chelsea job.
The Premier League’s transfer window shuts on August 9 this summer and clubs will have just 25 days after the end of the World Cup to conduct their business.
Sarri, as a result, is already drawing up a list of targets in case he gets the Chelsea job and, according to Sportitalia, Rugani is high on it.
The center-back is slowly beginning to nail down a spot in the first team at Juventus, but he is by no means a regular.
Sarri is hoping that could allow him to lure the 23-year-old to England, where he would make him a key part of Chelsea’s defense.
Chelsea turn down the €20m offer from Arsenal for the player, Gunners unsure whether to up bid
Pushed to one side by Antonio Conte last season, David Luiz barely featured for Chelsea last season, making just 17 appearances in all competitions.
The likes of César Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Gary Cahill were all preferred in his stead, and the Brazilian’s future appears to be away from Stamford Bridge.
Over in France, Le10 Sports report as an exclusive that Arsenal is interested in saving him from his Blues nightmare, and have gone as far as making a €20m bid for the 31-year-old.
However, despite Luiz’s situation, Chelsea decided to turn down the Gunners’ offer.
As things stand, Arsenal is said to be ‘undecided’ whether to come back with an improved bid, but Le10 say that ‘shouldn’t be excluded’.
It’s worth remembering that David Luiz did feature four times under Unai Emery at Paris Saint-Germain before the Ligue 1 side decided to cash in on the Brazilian when Chelsea came knocking.
Considering he seemed inclined to use him prior to the sale, there’s a good chance the Spaniard didn’t have a say in the matter, and he may now be trying to sort out a reunion with the former Benfica starlet.