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Boca accept Cagliari's Nandez bid as Barella to Chelsea reports intensify

6:08 PM GMT+4 08/01/2019
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Any deal for Nandez could create a domino effect for the transfer plans of some of Europe's biggest clubs

Cagliari have had a bid for Nahitan Nandez accepted by Boca Juniors, lending credence to reports that Nicolo Barella is set to join Chelsea.

Central midfielder Nandez could well be a replacement for 21-year-old Italy international Barella, who is said to be closing in on a £45million ($58m) switch to Stamford Bridge.

Boca president Daniel Angelici confirmed Boca have agreed to let the Uruguayan depart for Sardinia, although he revealed further negotiations over the structure of the deal are required.

"We have accepted Cagliari's offer for Nandez because we spoke to the player and he wants to go to Italy," Angelici told Radio La Red.

"What we do not accept is the form of payment and that is what we are working on.

"It will be up to the Italian club to make the effort. At the moment the first instalment of the offer is not enough to pay taxes."

Nandez, who has earned 20 caps for Uruguay, missed the end of the Argentinian season though injury, but appears to have recovered in time for a move to Serie A.

His potential transfer could prove hugely influential as it would provide the necessary back-up required for Barella, should he move to Stamford Bridge.

Goal reported on Monday that the Blues were interested in signing the midfielder and that they face competition from Italian sides Napoli and Inter.

However, it appears likely that  Barella is set sign for the Blues.

Again, this transfer could prove to be significant in allowing Chelsea’s Csec Fabregas to leave the club and join Monaco.

The former Barcelona and Arsenal man bid an emotional farewell to the Stamford Bridge crowd during Saturday’s FA Cup victory against Nottingham Forest.

Although Fabregas has not yet confirmed he is leaving Stamford Bridge, he did claim after the match that, “everyone knows the situation.”

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri also stoked the fire by admitting that Fabregas’ departure would certainly see him sign a replacement in the centre of the park.

“If Cesc goes, of course, we will need a replacement. Now with the midfielders we are in trouble I think," he said.