Chelsea are being linked with a surprise raid on AC Milan academy product Bryan Cristante.

The 16-year-old midfielder, who made his senior debut for the Rossoneri in their Champions League group game against Viktoria Plzen earlier in the season, is reported to have caught the attention of a number of clubs across Europe with his rise to prominence in Italy.

And, TMW now claims that FIFA agent Giuseppe Riso visited Milan's headquarters yesterday to try and negotiate a possible deal on behalf of Chelsea.

Football Italia go on to claim that the Blues were rebuffed over a move to bring the player to Stamford Bridge, with Milan unwilling to sell the teenage talent as he waits for senior opportunities in Serie 'A'.

The Italian U17 international isn't the only player from the country on Andre Villas-Boas' radar, with Napoli trio Edinson Cavani, Marek Hamsik and Ezequiel Lavezzi all reported to be in the mind of the Chelsea manager.

AVB admitted at the start of the month that he could bring two new faces to west London in the transfer window, and with Gary Cahill expected to be the first, the jury remains out on who the second face could be coming through the door at Chelsea before February 1st.

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