The Daniele Rugani-to-Chelsea story continues to pick up steam.
Earlier this week, the Evening Standard's Simon Johnson reported that Chelsea had offered Juventus £35m for the 23 year-old centre-back, which essentially matches the €40m that Juve were reportedly seeking. (After rejecting approaches of €30m and €35m as well, according to rumblings from Italy.)
Then we had Rugani’s agent pretty much confirming that a deal was in motion by trying to apply the brakes, saying it was dependent upon Maurizio Sarri getting confirmed as Chelsea’s new head coach. Sarri had been Rugani's coach at Empoli and that familiarity is a key factor.
And now we have the nitty-gritty of contract details leaking out. SportItalia's Alfredo Pedulla claims that the Blues have upped their personal terms offer from €3.5m per year plus bonuses, to €4m per year plus bonuses.
This rumor has now moved well beyond just vague interest and prognostications and we can safely say that there is some interest from either the club, or more likely, Sarri himself. Since the head coach's move to Chelsea should be finalized shortly, can Chelsea’s first purchase of the summer be far behind?
Halfway through the transfer window, we can only hope so.