Nicolo Barella odds-on to join Chelsea in January

Nicolo Barella odds-on to join Chelsea in January

Nicolo Barella odds-on to join Chelsea in January

It seems Chelsea have already found their replacement for Cesc Fabregas, with the odds dramatically shortening on them signing 21-year-old Italian midfielder Nicolo Barella.

On Monday, Barella was priced at 4/1 to move to Chelsea, which fell to 5/2 by the end of the day, and at the end of play Tuesday had dropped to 1/2.

Barella is currently with Serie A side Cagliari, having made 18 league appearances for the team this season and Maurizio Sarri sees him as the perfect replacement for the departing Fabregas.

The Spaniard played in his final game for Chelsea at the weekend, doing so in the 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge and is set to join Monaco, once the two clubs agree on a fee.

Cesc Fabregas and Callum Hudson-Odoi could free up funds for Chelsea to move for Nicolo Barella

Chelsea remain the odds-on favourites to secure the signing of Barella this month, although there remains some interest from a number of Europe’s other top sides in the pursuit of the Italian midfielder.

Carlo Ancelotti is believed to be a huge fan of Barella, with Napoli currently priced at 9/2 to secure the signing of the player. Elsewhere, Arsenal and Manchester United are also believed to be interested in the player.

However, it is Chelsea that remain the favourites to sign the player, particularly if the £35m deal for Callum Hudson-Odoi to move to Bayern Munich comes through. Hudson-Odoi started the Blues’ Carabao Cup semi-final first leg on Tuesday night, but is believed to be interested in a move to the Allianz Arena.

It’s set to be a busy month at Stamford Bridge, with the club also heavily linked with a move for Gonzalo Higuain, while Gary Cahill, Danny Drinkwater, Victor Moses and Alvaro Morata could all leave the club.

Full Barella Odds:

Chelsea at 1/2 with SkyBet – BET HERE

To stay at Cagliari at 2/1 with SkyBet – BET HERE

Napoli at 9/2 with SkyBet – BET HERE

Inter Milan at 18/1 with SkyBet – BET HERE

Arsenal at 18/1 with SkyBet – BET HERE

Roma at 25/1 with SkyBet – BET HERE

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