Chelsea could use Mason Mount as a counterweight in a move to bring Juventus winger Federico Chiesa to Stamford Bridge, according to Calcio Mercato Web.
Blues boss Graham Potter is said to be fond of the Italy international and keen to bring him to west London next summer.
Chiesa, 25, has made just three appearances this season, providing one assist as injury problems plagued the start of his campaign.
However, the Italian striker impressed at last summer’s European Championships, making seven appearances and scoring two goals.
Despite their poor results as a collective, he also enjoyed a brilliant 2021-22 campaign with Juventus.
Chiesa made 18 appearances, scoring four goals and providing as many assists.
Potter obviously set eyes on the Juve winger after some outstanding performances for club and country.
The Old Lady value Chiesa at €100m (£87m) and are only keen to sell the Italian if Mount arrives at the Allianz Stadium.
The England striker’s future at Stamford Bridge is somewhat in doubt as he slips into the final year of his contract.
He has seen his form improve under Potter this season, making 21 appearances, scoring two goals and contributing six assists.
Chelsea are confident they can agree a new deal with Mount, but Liverpool and Juventus are waiting in the wings.
The 23-year-old commented on speculation linking him with a Stamford Bridge exit, saying (via football.london):
“I’ve always been so focused on my football since I was at the academy. I know now that the media focuses on me a lot more, but I don’t look into it too much. I block it.”
Chelsea Mount striker chooses between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
Mount was given the difficult task of choosing between the legendary duo Messi and Ronaldo.
The Chelsea striker first sat on the fence before claiming Messi was the better of the two.
“All I’m going to say is I love them both. Their mentalities are amazing to get where they are.”
The Blues striker then gave his opinion:
“But I will go Messi.”
Messi and Ronaldo are heading to their fifth World Cup tournament.
They are expected to be standout performers when competing in Qatar.
Messi is in fine form, collecting 12 goals and 14 assists in 19 appearances in all competitions for PSG.
He also had a goal and an assist in Argentina’s 5-0 friendly win over the United Arab Emirates on November 16.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo has been screaming for goals, managing just three out of 16 appearances in all competitions and two assists.
However, he is a different animal on the international stage – the top scorer in men’s football with 117 of 191 caps for Portugal.