Venezia have come forward to register their interest and are eager to wrap up a deal for McClelland quickly in the face of local Italian competition. Venezia are likely to seek an initial loan arrangement for McClelland. They reached Serie A via last season's Serie B promotion play-offs.
Northern Ireland international McClelland is inside the final year of his current deal at Chelsea. The 19 year-old joined the Blues from Coleraine in 2018, choosing the Londoners ahead of a raft of rival English offers.
McClelland earned his one cap with Northern Ireland this summer, playing in a friendly defeat to Ukraine. Last season, the defender managed eleven appearances with Chelsea's Premier League 2 team.
Interestingly, McClelland counts on Italian Patrick Bastianelli as his prime agent.
- updated August 3
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