Chelsea fans may never have the chance to see Chilean star Arturo Vidal wear their Blue shirt, after the Chilean reportedly confirmed his preference to return to Italy with Internazionale.
Vidal had been one of Antonio Conte's long-term targets, as the Italian, who coached him for three years at Juventus, has always admired him and has reportedly often tried to bring him to London.
However, the Gazzetta dello Sport
The 30-year-old was close to departing from his Bundesliga side earlier this summer, but eventually chose to remain.
Inter are determined to secure him as the January transfer window approaches, while they have also set eyes on Arsenal defender
Despite the good performances, however, manager Spalletti wants more players at his disposal.
Chelsea boss Conte, meanwhile, also wants to bolster his midfield - despite signing both Danny Drinkwater and Tiémoué Bakayoko in the summer - and is on the lookout for another experienced star to couple with N'Golo Kante in the Chelsea engine room.
However it seems that the Premier League champions will have to come up with a particularly good offer if they aim to sign Vidal, ahead of his preferred destination of Milan.