Friday evening was a bit like a broken down rollercoaster that couldn’t stop in terms of transfer rumours!

Sport Italia reporter Alfredo Pedulla seems to have a mixed reputation when it comes to reporting on Chelsea, and perhaps his over excited reporting on the Maurizio Sarri saga last year – put many people on the fence when reading his reports.

With that said, Pedulla and his Sport Italia team often have substance to their reports and have sometimes been the first to report on some deals correctly.

It is them, and reliable Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, who have stated that Chelsea hold an interest in signing Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella.

With Cesc Fabregas playing his last match for Chelsea today, the 21-year old Italy international could be seen as his long term replacement. But Chelsea will have to wait until the summer, if said reports are correct, as that is when his club will allow him to be sold. Having said this, I’ve personally heard Chelsea could do the deal this month.

Barella was given his senior debut at Cagliari by none other than our very own Assistant Head Coach, Gianfranco Zola! He’s said to be available for around £45 million.

Meanwhile, Pedulla claims that Chelsea are still determined to sign Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain, who is on loan at AC Milan. In a deal that sounds more than complex, the claims are that Alvaro Morata will join Milan on loan, with around £30 million being paid to Juventus to allow Higuain to join Chelsea.

I’m not so sure about this one. I know Chelsea and Sarri in particular are still eager to sign Higuain this window, but I also know that any deal has so far been near impossible to pull off due to three parties being involved, and more money than Chelsea want to pay.

Finally, a player who seems to get linked with Chelsea every window, Edinson Cavani, has once again been linked, and not for the first time this window either.

Pedulla has claimed that Chelsea have made an enquiry to Paris Saint-Germain for his services.

Although Cavani is a player on Chelsea’s shortlist, a lot like Higuain, any deal here could prove too expensive for the Chelsea board to accept, bearing in mind the age of the player.

Simon Phillips

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