Give us a hand Gianfranco! Chelsea ‘to use’ Zola in bid to sign £40 million man Barella

Reports have claimed Chelsea ‘are close’ to a £40 million deal for Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella.

Boss Maurizio Sarri is still keen to delve into his transfer window and add a few more players to the squad as we look to challenge for the Premier League, Europa League and domestic Cup titles.

And we have been linked with a possible move for Barella for the last 12 months, as the Cagliari star has been impressing on a number of occasions for the Italians.

Now L’Unione Sarda claim we are willing to pay £40m for the 21-year-old and there is a hope that Gianfranco Zola’s personal relationship will help bring the player to Stamford Bridge.

It is no secret that a number of players are linked with a move away from the club for various reasons and even though Barella has a lot of developing to do, coming in now would give him time to adapt to life at Stamford Bridge.

We were boosted earlier in the season, when the Italian clubs owner Tommaso Giulini admitted that they will not stand in the way of clubs trying to complete a deal in January,, telling the TalkSport website: “Nicolo finally has a coach (Rolando Maran), who can give him a lot. If he stayed then I’d be the happiest man in the world, but it’s equally clear that the lad could have the ambition of playing in the Champions League.”

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Would signing Barella be a good move from Sarri?

As we said earlier the lad has a lot of growing up to do before he makes a serious impact on the side, but given time, he could develop into a top player here at Chelsea.

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