CHELSEA are reportedly willing to part ways with Jeremie Boga as they have refused to activate the £13million buy-back clause but have demanded a sell-on fee.
The Ivory Coast midfielder had been in scintillating form with Sassuolo before Serie A was put on standby due to the coronavirus crisis.
According to the Guardian, the Blues are now hashing out a deal to involve a sell-on clause for the ace - who is set to be put on the market in the summer.
Blues representatives reportedly met with Sassuolo in February to decide whether Chelsea buy him back for as little as £15 million.
And Napoli have been waiting in the wings with £18.5m at the ready if any deal with the Stamford Bridge side falls through, according to reports in Italy.
San Paulo boss Gennaro Gattuso is said to be a long-standing admirer of the highly rated winger.
The 23-year-old filtered through the ranks of Chelsea's youth system and was given the opportunity to spread his wings in the first-team in 2015 but played only 18 minutes of competitive football for the senior squad.
Having failed to make the breakthrough at Stamford Bridge, the Ivory Coast international moved to Italy in July 2018 for around £3.5million following loan stints at Rennes, Granada and Birmingham.
Boga has undergone a resurgence in Italy and bagged eight goals and four assists from 25 appearances in all competitions this season.
Earlier this year, Sassuolo’s president Giovanni Carnevali confirmed the Blues had a buy-back option on the attacker.
He said: “Chelsea can redeem Boga in June. We have a great relationship with the club and we already met them before Christmas – also for other business.
“They can take him back but we can also re-sign him, everything is open.”
Boga had previously admitted he would jump at the chance to return to Chelsea, telling Foot Mercato: “It is true that [leaving Chelsea] was a shame.
“Aside from that, I have no regrets. Each thing comes into its own time. It was certainly not the time for me to play for Chelsea.
“I always keep that in the corner of my head. If I continue to do what I am doing, work hard, maybe I will be back one day.”