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Chelsea: Potter considering swoop for the next Lampard in Nicolo Fagioli

Chelsea are seeking clarity over their future at the forefront of European football and have identified a new precocious midfielder to hopefully spearhead the Todd Boehly era.

Having spent a vast amount of money on new signings since Boehly took over at the club last year, the barrage of deals being struck at Stamford Bridge might not have concluded for this month, with midfield the area now highlighted for bolstering.

According to a report from Calciomercato earlier this month, Juventus‘ rising midfielder Nicolo Fagioli has been earmarked by the Blues’ hierarchy, with the highly-rated gem quickly asserting himself as one of Italy’s hottest prospects.

The report states that Fagioli would only be granted a departure from the Turin for €50m (£44.3m), which could prove a hindrance considering his inexperience, although Chelsea have certainly displayed little sign of being deterred in this regard over the past year judging by their frivolous spending.

With established midfielders N’Golo Kante and Jorginho both out of contract at the end of the current season, it is likely that Chelsea will target several options in that area of the pitch.

Fagioli has made 11 appearances for Juventus this season, scoring twice in Serie A from just four starts.  Despite his inexperience and utility role, Sofascore record his average rating at a solid 6.97, with his 84% passing accuracy and 0.9 key passes per game a further indication of the burgeoning skills at his feet.

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Despite being in the early throes of his senior career, Fagioli is already exhibiting promising tendencies, with FBref ranking him among the top 1% of midfielders across Europe’s big five leagues for rate of goals scored, and also within the top 6% for progressive passes received.

This is an illustration of the offensive presence which could be nurtured at Stamford Bridge from midfield, growing into a devastating asset which can be wielded to great effect as Chelsea look to once more content for silverware both domestically and on the continent.

The 21-year-old could emulate the triumphant success of former Blues legend Frank Lampard, who made 648 appearances for the club, scoring a record 211 goals and supplying 145 assists.

With Lampard one of football’s superlative attacking midfielders in his prime, Fagioli would to well to hone those talents and provide west London with a new force of might, an all-encompassing midfielder to add a fearsome dimension to the attack ahead of him.

Former AC Milan and Barcelona transfer chief Ariedo Braida once claimed that the maestro is just like Pirlo”, which is quite a statement surrounding this young Italian midfielder’s potential.

With Boehly and Chelsea technical director Christopher Vivell putting a considerable emphasis on youth, as evidenced by the age profile of many of their signings over the past 12 months, Fagioli could be a stellar prospective addition to the Blues’ squad, with his innate attacking instinct hopefully blossoming into a refined skill-set of world-class capability for the new chapter at Stamford Bridge.