Chelsea are reportedly set to lock horns with Inter Milan in the race to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso.

According to Calciomercato, Corentin Tolisso is set to become a hot prospect in the upcoming summer transfer window. The 27-year-old French midfielder is expected to leave Bayern Munich, with his current deal expiring at the end of the season. Chelsea are one of the clubs closely monitoring his situation, although they could face stiff competition from Inter Milan and Lyon.

Bayern Munich have made no efforts to tie Tolisso down to a new contract. They are already preoccupied with talks over the extensions of first-team stars such as Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski, who is staring at an uncertain future at the club amid interest from Barcelona.

The Bavarians are not very impressed with Tolisso’s sketchy fitness record either, with the midfielder largely struggling with injuries since joining from Lyon. The French international has featured in only 117 competitive matches for the club, failing to dethrone Leon Goretzka or Joshua Kimmich in the first team and most recently falling behind Jamal Musiala in the pecking order.

A move away from the Allianz Arena, therefore, could be the best option for the 27-year-old French midfielder, with Chelsea prepared to offer him the ideal platform to revive his career.

MUNICH, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 05: Corentin Tolisso of FC Bayern Muenchen runs with the ball during the DFB Cup round of sixteen match between FC Bayern Muenchen and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Allianz Arena on February 05, 2020 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Not rated highly at Bayern. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Although the Blues are currently under a transfer embargo, they are hopeful of resolving their ownership issues by the end of the season. One of Chelsea’s priorities is to sign a new midfielder, especially amid reports suggesting a potential Serie A return for Jorginho,

N’Golo Kante is nearing the final phase of his career as well, whereas Chelsea are set to face a fierce battle in their bid to keep hold of Conor Gallagher. The youngster has emerged as a target for several Serie A clubs including an AS Roma side coached by former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

Speaking of Serie A clubs, Inter Milan are expected to provide strong resistance to Chelsea in the pursuit of Tolisso. The Nerazzurri are looking to add more depth and quality in their midfield ranks next season, and the French international fits the bill perfectly, not only due to his status as a free agent but also given his experience at the highest level of football.

The final decision will be up to the 27-year-old himself, who may prefer a move to Inter Milan as they can guarantee more game-time. However, a potential return to Lyon should not be overlooked either, as the midfielder looks to improve his chances of getting selected for the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

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