Bologne midfielder Amadou Diawara has been a target for Chelsea for quite some time, and has been recently tipped to complete a move to Stamford Bridge worth around $26 million. But now there has been an interesting turn of events in the race for the Guinea-born star.
According to the Sun, Diawara has disappeared from Bologne's training camp - and the club apparently fears that he is in London preparing to sign a deal with the Blues.
Per the source, Manchester United and West Ham United have also expressed interest in the 18-year-old starlet. Serie A giants Juventus and Roma have also inquired about the young midfielder.
Diawara signed with Bologne in 2015 for just over $555,000 after making his senior debut the year before with San Marino.
But he had a breakout season with Bologne last year, making 31 starts at defensive midfielder for Bologne and appearing in 35 total games for the Serie A outfit, and is now rated at well-over $26 million.
The teenage midfielder would be just the kind of player new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte loves: young, big, experienced and most of all - familiar with Serie A and Italian football systems.