Blues boss Antonio Conte is eager to keep Chelsea starlet Nathaniel Chalobah at Stamford Bridge and has offered the midfielder a £17m contract to persuade him to stay.
Chalobah is attracting plenty of interest from other top flight clubs with Watford said to be very interested in the 22-year-old.
The Sierra Leone-born player has one year left on his current £45,000-a-week contract, and wants to play more first team football. Despite picking up a Premier League winner’s medal last season, the former Hornet made just 10 league appearances last campaign.
Conte, however, is a big fan of Chalobah and even sometimes speaks to his player in Italian – especially when bringing him off the bench. Chalobah picked up some of the Italian language during his loan spell with Napoli in 2015-2016.
According to the Mirror, Chalobah has been offered a £65,000-a-week five-year-deal contract. Conte has promised him more first-team action should he accept the offer. Since signing professionally for Chelsea in 2010, the youngster has had endured mixed fortunes during his six loan spells. His first loan deal, at Watford, proved to be the highlight of Chalobah’s career after the England U21 international played 38 games for the club. He also helped Watford reach the Championship playoff final – they were beaten 1-0 by Crystal Palace.
Further loan spells at Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, Burnley, Reading and Napoli has allowed the versatile player to pick up some valuable experience albeit at some clubs he hasn’t played as much as he would have liked.
He has represented England at U16, U17, U19, U20 and U21 level.