Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour is surprisingly being linked with Serie A and Europa League club Napoli. 

According to Calciomercato, Italian side Napoli are interested in the 19-year-old Blues star and have been admirers of his since last season.

The report states that Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso is keen on trying to sign the Scottish teenager and could offload current midfielder Stanislav Lobokta to make room in the centre of the park.

It is explained that the Italians would look to try sign him on an initial loan in the January transfer window before making the deal permanent if he fits their style.

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Gilmour was given his first senior minutes since July in midweek, as he returned from a long-term knee injury with a late cameo performance in the 4-0 Champions League victory over Sevilla.

He is an all-action central midfielder that made a big impression when breaking into the Chelsea first-team during last season and will now be looking to re-establish himself.


Gilmour is extremely comfortable in possession and operates smoothly as a deep-lying midfielder, which is why he could be perfect cover for N’Golo Kante.

It would be a surprise to see the rising star exit Stamford Bridge, especially as senior manager Frank Lampard has previously raved about his qualities and integrated him to the main group.

“What an incredible performance from a young player against the best team in the land,” Lampard said in March after his FA Cup performance against Liverpool, as quoted by the Daily Star. 

“People might look at him and see he’s quite slight (but) he’s huge in personality… I have absolute trust in him. If he is small in stature, he is huge in personality and talent.”

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