Chelsea have brought a stylish personal touch to announced transfer target Leonardo Spinazzola after suffering a horror injury in a Euro 2020 quarter-final.
The Italian left-back, who was one of the stars of the tournament, died in agony chasing the ball in the 78th minute and was stretched in Munich.
Replaced by Emerson from Chelsea, Spinazzola will miss the rest of the Azzurri campaign and the next six to seven months, meaning he may well be out of the 2021 series.
That’s according to Sky Sport Italia reporter Angelo Mangiante, who revealed on Twitter who had called or texted the 28-year-old to offer his support.
New Roma manager Jose Mourinho – who is now in charge of Spinazzola at club level – has reportedly contacted him, along with Chelsea manager Marina Granovskaia.
That’s because the Blues would have looked at the versatile wide man ahead of the devastating injury that kept him from moving to Stamford Bridge.
Spinazzola’s energy and ability to be effective both ways down the flank make him ideal for Thomas Tuchel’s system.
Chelsea are looking to improve on their excellent second half of last season, which saw them reach the FA Cup final and win the Champions League, as well as finish fourth in the Premier League.
After being practically beaten until the signing of Achraf Hakimi by Paris Saint-Germain, it’s no surprise that Tuchel is on the hunt for a rear wing – but will now have to look elsewhere unless he is. want to wait for his Serie A goal.
Spinazzola started four of Italy’s five matches he was fit for, earning an assist and praise from pundits and fans alike.
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Roberto Mancini’s side were forced to work during their knockout; need extra time to beat Austria in the round of 16 and get ahead of Belgium in a thrilling affair after winning all three Group A games.
Nicolo Barella opened the scoring in the first half before Lorenzo Insigne doubled Azzurri’s lead dramatically soon after.
However, Romelu Lukaku’s penalty in added time set up a tense second half.
Italy’s defensive instincts served them well over the next 45 minutes, with Spinazzola surprisingly denying Lukaku a secure equalizer just short of his goal line on the hour mark.
Now Mancini and his colleagues will meet Spain on Tuesday night at Wembley for a place in the European Championship final.
Luis Enrique’s men only beat Switzerland on penalties last time, but have scored 11 goals in their last three matches.
The winner will face either England or Denmark, who will play on Wednesday, in Sunday’s centerpiece, also at Wembley.