Chelsea are considering a swap deal in which Christian Pulisic would move to Roma and Nicolo Zaniolo, a target for Tottenham, would move in the other direction.
The American star of the Blues is growing increasingly dissatisfied with his lack of playing time at Stamford Bridge and may find his path into the team further obstructed by Raheem Sterling’s acquisition.
After allowing Timo Werner to leave the club in the same manner as Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea are seeking other striker alternatives.
The lackluster victory at Goodison Park over the weekend served as further evidence that more attackers are needed.
Now, reports claim they have their sights set on Nicolo Zaniolo, who is highly regarded.
The Blues, according to Calciomercato, would prefer a swap move that would enable them to release Pulisic and possibly upgrade him.
Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel has entered the competition to recruit Nicolo Zaniolo from Roma, an Italian international.
Tottenham and other clubs have already expressed interest in the 23-year-old midfielder this transfer window.
Zaniolo has made an impression with his recent Roma efforts, scoring the game-winning goal in the Europa Conference League final against Feyenoord.
According to reports, Spurs and Roma had reached an agreement for Zaniolo’s transfer, under which the midfielder would initially come on loan for one season before committing permanently for an estimated £40 million after the season.
Nicola Zaniolo played a total of 1982 minutes in 28 Serie A games last season.
Every 90 minutes that Nicola Zaniolo is on the field, the player averages 0.09 assists.
Zaniolo participated in 28 games last season, notching two goals and two assists while receiving eleven yellow and two red cards.
According to reports, if former Spurs manager Jose Mourinho hadn’t stepped in at the last minute, the Italian might have already arrived in North London.
The Roma board wanted to approve the transfer, but Jose Mourinho intervened at the last minute to stop the transfer from his old team because he was not happy with the loan’s financial terms.
Before the Roma manager pulled the plug at the last minute, Spurs had reportedly agreed to a one-year loan deal with a £40 million buyout option.
The door is left open for Chelsea, who earlier this month signed Marc Cucurella before Man City.
Last season, Pulisic only made 13 Premier League starts and has struggled to win over supporters.
At the start of the 2022–23 Premier League season, Pulisic had tallied 44 goals across 243 club matches.
He scored 19 goals in all while at Borussia Dortmund, with his final season there being the most productive, with seven goals in 30 appearances.
In contrast, his first season with Chelsea was his greatest, as he scored 11 goals in 34 games across all competitions. Since joining the Blues, Pulisic has scored 25 goals overall in 116 games.
Before the World Cup, he stated that he was eager for more “playing time” when representing the USA on international duty earlier this year.
The winger’s father went even farther, criticizing the “terrible circumstances” his son is in at Stamford Bridge.