English giant are plotting a move for highly-rated San Siro teenager…
Chelsea are eyeing Milan youngster Bryan Cristante.
Cristante is regarded as the next big thing to roll off the Milan production line, having enjoyed a rapid rise to the top in the last 12 months.
The 17-year-old was parachuted into first-team training at the start of last season, and capped that off by making his debut in the 2-2 Champions League draw with Viktoria Plzen in December, becoming the youngest ever Milan player to feature in Europe in the process, aged just 16 years and 278 days.
However, it has been his only taste of senior match action to date, and fearing he may be stagnating in the Milan youth team, Cristante is currently weighing up a move out of the San Siro in January. Serie A duo Juventus and Roma have already expressed an interest in snapping him up, but according to Metro, Chelsea scouts are also keeping tabs on the midfielder.
The Blues are aware of Cristante from his time with the Italian Under-17 set-up, and technical director Michael Emenalo has now informed the clubs academy manager Neil Bath that the player could be on the market, with both parties agreed that they should try and bring him to west London.
Cristante is likely to cost in the region of €2 million.