Juventus have put Denis Zakaria up for sale this summer, and Chelsea are pondering a move for him, according to the Evening Standard.
Despite the 26-year-old starting only four Premier League games, the club are considering a £27 million offer.
Zakaria joined Chelsea last summer. The club was desperate to add a midfielder with a physical profile and paid £500,000 to take him for the season.
The transfer deal to sign Zakaria on loan also contains a £27m release clause that Chelsea can activate.
Chelsea are mulling over the deal while considering other midfield targets including Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo.
The Blues must also consider Financial Fair Play (FFP), especially if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.
The London club already raised eyebrows over the past two transfer windows, spending over £500 million.
Despite the heavy spending, Chelsea are tenth in the Premier League. They are also in trouble in the Champions League after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund this week.
After suffering an injury against Fulham last month, Zakaria returned to the bench for the game against BVB.
Zakaria will likely return to action soon for Chelsea, and a partnership with record-signing Enzo Fernandez could be exciting.
Juventus are ready to sell some of their high-value players this summer to cope with point deductions.
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) deducted points after they found the club guilty of financial manipulation.
The 15-point deduction will likely prevent the Turin club from qualifying for the Champions League.
New club president John Elkann wants to reduce the club’s salaries by selling players. Angel Di Maria, Adrien Rabiot, Leandro Paredes, Juan Cuadrado and Zakaria could leave.
Juventus will now focus on bringing their youth players into the first team. They want to promote youth stars such as Samuel Iling-Junior, Nicolo Fagioli, Fabio Miretti and Matias Soule.
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