Chelsea have reportedly agreed to meet Inter Milan’s asking price for Matias Vecino in the summer.
Frank Lampard, who was less than impressed after Chelsea failed to make any immediate signings in January, has told the club he wants to strengthen his squad as many as four new additions to follow Hakim Ziyech through the doors at the end of the season.
According to The Daily Express, Chelsea are ready to pay up the €28million (£23m) fee Inter are demanding for the Uruguay international.
The Blues will prioritise a move for a central midfielder and 28-year-old Inter star Vecino has been identified as a realistic target ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
Inter head coach Antonio Conte, who managed Chelsea from 2016 to 2018, is looking to cash in on Vecino in order to accumulate funds for his own transfer kitty.
Vecino came close to leaving Inter last month, with both Manchester United and Everton also keen, but none of the interested Premier League clubs were able to agree terms.
The experienced midfielder has spent much of his professional career in Italy after departing Nacional to join Fiorentina back in 2013.
He then had two successful loans with Cagliari and Empoli before completing a permanent move to the San Siro.