Fiorentina's highly rated midfielder Riccardo Montolivo has paved the way for a summer move to Chelsea after admitting his dream to play in the Champions League reports skysports.com.
The 26-year-old Serie A star is out of contract next summer, and Fiorentina are keen to tie the talented playmaker down to a new contract, through fear of losing him for nothing in twelve months time.
However, in a recent interview with Corriere dello Sport, Montolivo explained:
"I still have a year on my contract with Fiorentina and I am ready to respect it, giving everything as I have always done.
"My problem is not a financial one. It concerns the prospects of Fiorentina, I think it's right to have objectives.
"I'd like to continue playing in Italy, there is time for an experience abroad and I'd like to play in the Champions League."
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has been tasked by Blues owner Roman Abramovich to freshen up an ageing Stamford Bridge squad, and the Italian has earmarked Montolivo as one of the players to kickstart a new Chelsea era.
Best described as a deep-lying playmaker, or 'regista', Montolivo has drawn comparisons with another Italian midfield marvel Andrea Pirlo.
His favoured position is in the middle of the park, and though he can play in a defensive midfield capacity, Montolivo is most productive in a more advanced attacking role.
His attributes would likely compliment Chelsea's recent acquisition, £50million striker Fernando Torres, so could be deployed as a foil to get the best from the Blues’ misfiring frontman if they step up their pursuit of Montolivo in the summer.