Inter Milan are plotting a surprise move for Chelsea midfielder Mario Pasalic after catching the eye of Roberto Mancini whilst on loan at Spanish side Elche.
According to talkSPORT the 20-year-old is high on the Italian tactician's list of summer transfer priorities as he prepares a major overhaul at the San Siro this close season.
Milan finished a whopping 32 points behind Serie 'A' champions Juventus this term, ending the 2014/15 campaign in a disappointing eighth place in the table.
Pasalic will be tasked with helping to improve Inter's fortunes next term, that's if Jose Mourinho agrees to let the Croatia international depart Stamford Bridge without ever actually making a senior appearance for the Blues.
After signing from Hajduk Split for around £3 million in the summer of 2014, the Germany-born starlet penned a four-year contract with the recently crowned Premier League champions.
However, the burgeoning talent was immediately shipped out on loan to La Liga to gain more experience of playing regular first-team football, just like a number of other youngsters that are on the books in west London.
Pasalic scored three goals in 31 appearances at Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero to help Fran Escriba's side finish in a respectable 13th place in the Spanish table, which could well have earned himself a lucrative transfer to Italy.
Given the strong competition for places in the Chelsea team at the moment it's unlikely that Pasalic will be able to make a senior breakthrough any time soon, and so might feel his future is better served by negotiating a switch to Inter.
Mancini's rebuilding project might have come at just the right time for a player that looks to have an exciting future, providing his ongoing development is not stalled by rotting in the reserves at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea fans: Would you be sad to see Mario Pasalic leave west London before being given a chance to show what he can do in the senior team? How much profit should the club be looking to make if they decide to cash-in this summer? Have your say below...
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