Jose Mourinho has previously intimated that the clubs transfer dealings this summer were over - that no more players would be arriving at the club.
That now appears to have been a smokescreen.
It is reported on Hajduk Split’s official website this morning that Mario Pasalic is on his way to London - following reports in the Italian press last night which suggested he was on his way to Chelsea.
Now it appears the 18-year-old German born midfielder is on his way to Chelsea in order to agree a €2 million move to Stamford Bridge - as he was pictured awaiting a flight in Antalya - where his team are currently at a training camp:
“Mario Pasalic this morning, accompanied by the club’s team manager Kresimir Mikulandre and spokesman Ante Bilic, left the Kremlin Palace hotel and Hajduk’s training camp in Antalya, and headed for London.”
The talented teenager has been in great form this season and is considered one of the nation’s hottest young talents.
In the past he has also been linked with Liverpool - but until last week it seemed he was on his way to Lazio.
But Chelsea appear to have won the race for the player - although he is not expected to become an immediate first-team regular.
Despite Croatia joining the EU there are still some issues regarding Work Permit’s and Freedom to Work in the UK that will not be clarified until as late as 2015.
Pasalic is therefore likely to be loaned out - potentially back to Hajduk or to Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem until further notice.
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