Fabrizio Romano reported that Chelsea have been scouting Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli for some time.
Speaking on the Don Robbie YouTube channel, Romano relayed the information that Locatelli was a wanted man across the continent.
The 23-year-old grabbed everyone’s attention during Italy’s latest European Championship victory by bagging an excellent brace against Switzerland.
Typically, when a player performs well at a major tournament, transfer rumours begin to swirl around their shoulders.
This is no different for Locatelli, who is now seriously being tipped to switch Serie A for a new setting.
Chelsea have been added to the equation by Romano’s most recent remarks about the goalscoring midfielder.
He said: “Many clubs are asking for Locatelli. From Spain, from Germany, from England.
“Manchester City have been scouting him for a long time and Chelsea too.”
Despite his relatively young age, Locatelli isn’t exactly a newcomer to the footballing scene.
Originally part of Atlanta’s youth system, he broke through into AC Milan’s first team as a teenager, before joining Sassuolo on loan in 2018.
His move from Milan was made permanent the following season and he’s been impressing there since.
Roberto Mancini handed him his senior international debut last September.
Speaking to Rai Sport after the match, Italy’s manager explained why he added Locatelli to his team.
“We called him up because he’s a great player, he’s young, and he’s got plenty of room for improvement. He’s got everything.”
Traditionally a defensive midfielder, Locatelli proved yesterday evening that he has plenty more dimensions to his game.