Antonio Conte may target new signings in January to avoid burnout within his settled squad.
The 22-year-old Italian international has been heavily tipped to leave Serie A just over a year after he exploded onto the scene for La Viola, assisting six goals in 33 appearances in a memorable breakthrough campaign.
And Bernardeschi’s rise has continued into the current season, adding goals to his game with six already in the top flight though that has not been enough to prevent an inconsistent Fiorentina from slipping behind the likes of AC Milan, Roma and Napoli in the race for Champions League qualification.
Sousa, who has come under pressure after results tailed off towards the start of 2016, was vocal in his criticism of the club’s controversial owners, the Della Valle brothers, after they failed to provide the investment required to enhance the squad in January.
Current Milan boss Vincenzo Montella (below) departed Florence under a cloud due to a similar situation, and Sousa has now hinted that his star man could scarper sooner rather than later due to the lack of motivation within the club.
“From what I understand about football, I think he definitely has a future with teams which have different ambitions to Fiorentina,” the former Swansea City boss said, as reported by Football Italia.
The Express claim that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is desperate to sign Bernardeschi in the upcoming transfer window, with the Italian’s ability to play in his compatriot’s preferred 3-5-2 system likely to ease his transition at Stamford Bridge.
Furthermore, Bernardeschi has told his current employers that he is keen to move to England in January, The Express add, meaning Victor Moses could well have some competition for the right-wing-back berth in the coming months.
Bernardeschi is a more technical player than the rampaging Moses and certainly fulfils the attacking duties of the wing-back role more efficiently than the defensive requirements.
Therefore, he could also slot into one of the inside-wing positions currently occupied by Pedro or Eden Hazard when required, providing Conte with more options if he wants to switch up his settled side.