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Roma join queue for in-demand Boga who has €15m Chelsea buy-back clause

12:30 BST 04/05/2020
Jeremie Boga Sassuolo Fiorentina Serie A
The Serie A giants are one of the biggest clubs to come forward and register an interest in the former Blues winger

Roma have become the latest club to register serious interest in Sassuolo winger Jeremie Boga, who Chelsea hold a €15 million (£13m/$16m) buy-back option in.

Chelsea have yet to signal their intent to try to sign their former player but Serie A club Roma have already begun sounding out the 23-year-old's representatives.

Roma have also got Chelsea's Pedro in their sights and at least three other clubs have registered their interest in the former Barcelona attacker, who has less than two months to run on his deal in west London.

Meanwhile, Boga looks likely to leave Sassuolo who he joined in a £3.5m deal in 2018 from Chelsea.

The Ivory Coast international has attracted further interest from Napoli, Brighton and Everton but he is understood only to be a low priority target for the Merseyside club at this stage.

A return to Chelsea to work with Frank Lampard will only interest Boga if he is offered assurances over his first-team chances after he grew frustrated with life out on loan during spells at Rennes, Granada and Birmingham City.

Boga had scored four goals in his last six games ahead of the stoppage in play due to the coronavirus outbreak which included scoring a decisive fourth goal in Sassuolo's 4-2 win at home to Roma.

Over the course of the season, Boga has eight goals and two assists in 21 starts and he is now regarded as one of the best players in Italy outside the biggest clubs.

Boga's Sassuolo are the first Serie A club to return to training on Monday as there are signs the lockdown is set to ease in Italy after the Covid-19 crisis hit the country particularly hard.

The Mapei Football Centre opened with restrictions in place allowing only six people to be present at any one time with social distancing rules in place.

A decree issued by the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy on Thursday opened the door for Sassuolo, SPAL, Bologna and Parma to return to training.

The rest of the Serie A clubs have to wait until at least May 18, which is the day after the Italian government's existing lockdown measures are due to expire.

A Sassuolo statement read: "Players will only be allowed access to the pitches in compliance with rules of social distancing, while access to the sports centre (locker rooms, gyms, offices) will be prohibited.

"The individual sessions, which will take place during the mornings from Monday to Friday, with the use of three fields, with six players per hour (one player for each half of the pitch), will not be attended by the technical staff, while an emergency health supervision will be guaranteed."

On Friday all 20 Serie A clubs voted to see out the rest of the 2019-20 season, which has been suspended since March 9 due to the Covid-19 outbreak.