Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has revealed that he will be looking to sign Chelsea loanee Nathaniel Chalobah on a permanent deal, according to the Daily Star.
The 20-year-old completed his move to the Serie A on deadline day, but there has been no buyout option included as part of his loan deal.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho is known for signing a host of players during the transfer window and then sending them out for first team experience elsewhere before introducing them into the senior squad.
De Laurentiis admitted that he hopes the midfielder can perform well for his side this term as his form could lead him to getting a permanent switch to the club.
“I hope he does well,” he said.
“Chelsea didn’t give us the option to buy him, but should he prove to be an important player during the season we will go on the offensive to keep him.”
Before his current spell with Napoli, Chalobah spent time on loan at Watford, Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, Burnley, as well as Reading.
He rose through the Chelsea youth academy before signing a professional contract with the side, but is yet to make a competitive appearance for the senior squad.