By Nnamdi Onyeagwara

3rd Aug, 2022 | 5:00pm

Chelsea 'seriously working' on deal to sign Inter Milan wonderkid Cesare Casadei - Romano

Chelsea are in negotiations with Inter Milan to sign 19-year-old Italian wonderkid Cesare Casadei, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The midfielder is one of the most promising talents in the Inter Milan academy after joining the club from AC Cesena in 2018 on a free transfer.

According to Guardian journalist Romano on 3 August, the Blues have already had their opening bid for the teenager rejected by the Italian club who are looking to keep hold of him this summer.

Romano said: “Chelsea are seriously working on Cesare Casadei deal.

“He’s the next top young target after Carney and Slonina, Chelsea want to try again after their opening bid was rejected by Inter.

“Negotiations will continue but Inter will try to keep him this summer.

Youth Project at Stamford Bridge?

A lot has been made about how Chelsea treats youth players and if they give the players enough time to make an impact on the first team.

Players like Fikayo Tomori, Marc Guehi, Tariq Lamptey, and Tino Livramento have all been sold from the club before they were given a real chance to make an imprint on the first team.

However, their recent transfer business may show that the club is changing their policy on young players after their most recent signings have all been born after the year 2003.

18-year-old American goalkeeper, Gabriel Slonina, joined the club from MLS side Chicago Fire and English sensation Carney Chukwuemeka is close to joining the club from Aston Villa.

Casadei, who is yet to make a first-team appearance in Italy, maybe the next to join the club if Chelsea can get this transfer over the line.

The teenager is able to be deployed in deeper midfield roles or higher up the pitch in more advanced positions due to his engine, defensive awareness, and tackling ability as well as his eye for a pass.

He excels in winning possession in the middle of the park and launching counterattacks, attacks that he is sometimes on the end of himself, as shown by his scoring rate of a goal every 2.6 games for Inter Milan’s various youth teams.

The Italy under-19 international would be the third teenage signing to arrive at Stamford Bridge in quick succession this summer and could represent a more long-term strategy from the Blues.

In other Chelsea news, fans should be very excited about the imminent arrival of Carney Chukwuemeka.