The Blues also purchased Cesare Casadei from the Serie A giants for £15m earlier this summer.
They would have confidence in agreeing a deal for Dumfries depending on Potter’s interest, having sent scouts to run the rule over him earlier this season. It has been a problem area for the club since James was sidelined, with Christian Pulisic, Raheem Sterling and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all deputising in the position.
But even with negotiations likely to be easier than under the previous regime, it may be difficult to reach a deal that all parties are satisfied with. Inter value the Dutchman at £50m due to his importance to the team and such a fee may be difficult to justify when Reece James is weeks away from returning from injury.
There is also interest in another star at the World Cup in Qatar, Ecuador’s Piero Hincapie, after starring for the South American nation. And with a smaller price tag, he may prove to be a cheaper alternative if Dumfries spurns a move to England.