Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini wants to leave the club to play under Antonio Conte at Chelsea, Gazzetta World has reported.
The 31-year-old was one of the most impressive players for Italy in their Euro 2016 campaign.
And his agent confirmed that it is unlikely for the experienced midfielder to be at Sunderland next season.
"The scenarios for the future are good – we're going to take him away from Sunderland, the conditions are known and there is then the need to make a big agreement," Furio Valcareggi said.
"It is hard to establish [when a deal might happen], but I put a 'little' in hurry because we have to decide where to go. In theory, we can stay at Sunderland and then leave at Christmas.
"He has increased [in value] professionally, but there is the threat of being there [at Sunderland] for six months and then leaving so the British must also be able to take what we bring: in six months, Giaccherini can gain his exit and this weakens the power of Sunderland."