Chelsea loanee Malang Sarr could end his loan spell at AS Monaco earlier amid interest from Serie A clubs, according to his agent Federico Pastorello.

The 23-year-old joined Monaco on a season-long loan deal at the start of the season after playing a very limited role in his first season under Thomas Tuchel in 2021/22.

So far, however, Sarr has only made six appearances (three starts) for Monaco in Ligue 1, with fellow young defenders; Axel Disasi and Benoit Badiashile, ahead of him in the pecking order.

According to his agent, Pastorello, the former Nice centre-back could leave Monaco to play in Italy.

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“He is a boy I would see very well in Italy,” the agent told Tuttomercatoweb.

“He had already been very close [to joining an Italian club].

“He was one step away from an agreement with Torino, but while we were negotiating the Chelsea opportunity came up.

“That opportunity was immediately seen by the boy as an incredible chance for his career and he took it, I understand that.

“But I repeat, for me, the Italian league would be the ideal one for him.

“I won’t hide the fact that AC Milan also followed him for a long time: with Frederic Massara and Paolo Maldini I discussed it a lot when his contract was expiring, and they could have signed him.

“At Milan he would have found an easier path than the one he had at Chelsea.”

Speaking about Sarr’s situation at Monaco, Pastorello added: “At Monaco his playing time is limited, but they are happy with him, we will see if they will let him leave as soon as offers arrive.

“But clearly there is a bit of disappointment on the part of the boy, he would have liked to find more playing time by moving from Chelsea.

“There’s a whole second half of the season, we’ll see. We will work on it.”

Obviously, Sarr is still under contract at Chelsea until the summer 2025, so the London club will also have a say on any potential move in January involving the player.

The loan agreement between Chelsea and Monaco also includes an option to buy which could further complicate the situation.

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