Incoming Lazio boss Marcelo Bielsa has demanded the club don’t sell Antonio Candreva to Chelsea.
Bielsa is closing in on becoming the new manager at Lazio after holding talks with the club over the past few weeks.
The Chilean, who has been linked with jobs in England in the past, could be announced next week and he is already throwing his weight around.
According to Tuttosport, he has told Lazio to do all they can to hold onto Candreva as Chelsea look to snap him up.
Blues boss Antonio Conte has put the winger high on his list of targets and an offer is being prepared.
However, Bielsa has instructed the Lazio board to reject any bids as he sees Candreva as a key part of his plans.