Chelsea have emerged as rumoured suitors for Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella, according to Cagliari media outlet Unione Sarda, as quoted by The Sun.

The Blues are ready to make a £40million offer for the impressive Serie A star.

The same article states that the west Londoners are looking to beat Inter Milan and Juventus to the signing of the 21-year-old Italian for a bid of around £40m.

Barella’s only goal in Italian league this season came in a 1-0 victory over Atalanta in September.

His performances for the Serie A outfit have earned the youngster a call-up to the Italian national team under manager Roberto Mancini.

Chelsea will be in the market to sign a midfielder amid reports that Cesc Fabregas will move a switch to AC Milan.