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Cagliari midfielder Nicolò Barella was strongly linked with a move to Chelsea in the January transfer window as a replacement for Cesc Fabregas who left the club for French side Monaco.

According to Tutto Mercato Web, Chelsea had a £44million bid for Barella accepted by his club Cagliari and offered the 21 year old a five-year contract during the January transfer window, but the player snubbed a move to Stamford Bridge.

Leandro Paredes was also heavily linked with a move to Chelsea as a replacement for Fabregas but the Argentine international joined French club PSG instead.

Barella reportedly snubbed the chance to join Chelsea in January due to family reasons as the player and his pregnant wife are waiting for their child. The 21-year-old will reportedly reassess his options in the summer.

Napoli were also linked with a move for the midfielder but they could only have made a move for Barella if Allan had joined PSG.

Barella came through the youth ranks at his hometown club Cagliari and has become a key player for the club.

Chelsea ended up not signing a midfielder in the January window and Maurizio Sarri has been recently experimenting Mateo Kovacic as a deep-lying midfielder.

“Kovacic is really close to Jorginho in moving the ball very fast, one touch,” Sarri recently said of Kovacic playing as Chelsea’s deepest midfielder.

“In the future, he will be able to play this position well and Jorginho will be able to rest.”

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