Chelsea could decide to exercise their buy-back clause on Sassuolo star Jeremie Boga, scuppering the transfer plans of Barcelona, Napoli and Tottenham.
Chelsea must decide whether to re-sign former winger Jeremie Boga from Sassuolo as Barcelona, Napoli and Tottenham reportedly consider a summer move. The Ivory Coast international has made a big impact in Serie A this season, scoring eight goals and four assists.
And Spanish publication Sport claim that Barcelona are considering Boga as one option to bolster their attack at the end of the season.
The report suggests Barcelona need to find €130million (£120m) in transfer revenue to balance the books but also need to add depth to their squad, meaning a cut-price move for the Chelsea academy graduate is tempting.
And the Catalan giants supposedly have a prior agreement with Sassuolo signed two years ago which gives them preferential treatment regarding transfers, while the Serie A club receive first pick on Barca youth players.
Napoli are willing to offer €20m (£18.5m) for Boga, while Inter Milan have asked about his availability and both Lyon and Lille have also spoken to the player.
Calciomercato have also been linked Tottenham with Boga in recent weeks but Chelsea have the ability to scupper any proposed move due to a buy-back clause.
The Blues have first refusal on Boga and could bring the 23-year-old back to Stamford Bridge as cover if out-of-contract stars Willian and Pedro leave the club this summer.
They have the option to re-sign their former player for €15million (£13m) after letting the youngster depart Stamford Bridge for around £3.5m in 2018.
And Frank Lampard may consider that a sensible purchase with Willian refusing Chelsea’s offer of a two-year deal, instead demanding three years and a pay rise to stay in west London.
However, Calciomercato reported last week that Chelsea are prepared to waive their right to re-sign Boga if Sassuolo pay a fee.
The Italian outlet claim Chelsea want an €11.5m (£10.4m) payment to forego their option, following representatives from the two clubs meeting last month.
It is unclear whether Sassuolo have agreed to pay that fee, although they may be forced to meet the demand if they wish to avoid Chelsea reclaiming their ex-player and then selling him on for greater profit.
That report suggests the defining factor in Boga’s future will be whether Inter can afford to pass up the opportunity of signing Boga for a relatively low fee of between €25-€35m (£22.6m-£31.7m).
The youngster’s reputation and price tag are only set to get bigger, particularly with Borussia Dortmund and Valencia also said to be monitoring the Sassuolo star.
Antonio Conte may therefore move this summer, regardless of whether Boga is at Chelsea or Sassuolo.
Boga has a contract at the Mapei Stadium until 2022, and has recently spoken out about reaching the levels of former Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard.
Speaking to DAZN, Boga said: “Hazard is definitely stronger than me, but not in my head, because I know my talent and I know that over time I can reach that level.