Petagna’s agent claims the Blues want to sign the striker.
The agent of AC Milan youngster Andrea Petagna, Joseph Rice, has claimed that Chelsea are among a host of top European clubs looking to sign his client.
Whilst Blues boss Jose Mourinho says Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney is the club’s only remaining transfer target of the summer, reports from Milan suggest differently.
“For several months now there are seven or eight top clubs in Europe who are interested and have asked for information: in Spain, England and Germany.,” Rice told the Italian side’s website.
“Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Hamburg have all followed him in this transfer window and have come forward, but for Andrea Milan is the priority.”
Most football fans outside of Italy could be forgiven for not having heard of Petagna, with the 18-year-old having made just one appearance for Milan to date – in the Champions League.
For the club’s reserve team, AC MIlan Primavera, the striker was prolific last season however and netted 13 goals in 23 matches.
The starlet has also been capped seven times at under-18 level for Italy, scoring two goals in the process.
It is beginning to look like a new tactic at Stamford Bridge to invest in promising youth talent, rather then spending big on established stars.
In the last two years Chelsea have bought the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Tomas Kalas, before sending the youngsters out on-loan to gain vital first team experience.
Now the trio are ready to make the step up to the senior side, with the Belgians Lukaku and De Bruyne looking like potential world-class players.