According to Premium Sport, Chelsea have agreed a €40m deal with Juventus for centre-back, Daniele Rugani.
Rugani began his senior career with Italian side Empoli. He debuted for them in 2013 and would go on to make 81 appearances for them, scoring five and assisting two in that time.
Rugani’s excellent two seasons at Empoli would attract the attention of Juventus who Rugani had previously played for at a youth level.
Juventus would then resign Rugani in February of 2015 for just £4.5 million. Rugani was loaned back to Empoli for the remainder of the 2014/15 season.
Since signing for Juventus Rugani has played 67 games in all competitions for the Italian giants, scoring five and assisting two.
This past season Rugani made 26 appearances for Juventus. However, he has failed to hold down a regular starting place.
Given Chelsea’s current managerial situation, you might not expect them to be signing anyone until they have a clear idea of who their manager will be for the 2018/19 season.
It’s well known that Antonio Conte is very likely to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
However, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is reluctant to sack Conte, as that will involve a £9m payoff for the last year of his contract.
Maurizio Sarri is the favourite to become the next Chelsea boss. But even though Sarri has already left Napoli and has been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, Chelsea would still have to pay Napoli around £4.5 million in compensation for Sarri.
As a result, it doesn’t look like Chelsea’s managerial crisis will be resolved anytime soon. But that has not stopped Chelsea’s recruitment team eyeing Rugani as a potential target this summer.