Emanuele Giaccherini is in talks with Serie A clubs to leave Sunderland but will reject them all to join Antonio Conte at Chelsea, according to the midfielder's agent.
Giaccherini, 31, appears destined to cut ties with the Black Cats this summer with a return to Italy looking like the most likely destination. Bologna, where he spent last season on loan, are among the clubs to have enquired into a permanent move, while Torino have also reportedly held talks with the player.
But after an impressive Euro 2016 campaign for Italy under incoming Chelsea boss, Conte, Stamford Bridge remains a possible destination.
And while Fiorentina are also interested in the Black Cats midfielder, his agent Furio Valcareggi says his client has his heart set on a move to west London.
"Do we have an agreement with the Granata [Torino]? Not at this time," Valcareggi is quoted as saying by Gazzetta World. "There has been contact made and there is interest.
"Torino inquired about the costs and requirements of a possible deal, now we are both reflecting. But it is the same for Fiorentina and Bologna, who are assessing the situation before moving forward. Chelsea remain a dream."
Giaccherini's encouraging revival during Euro 2016 – where the impressive Azzurri campaign was ended on penalties to Germany at the quarter-final stage – has heightened speculation over the midfielder's future and his agent has not shied away from talking up the possibility of a reunion.
Giaccherini, who played under Conte at Juventus before moving to the north east of England, helped the Black Cats avoid relegation from the Premier League in the 2013-14 season but his second campaign at the Stadium of Light was wrecked by injury.