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Former Chelsea youngster set for MLS switch

Once hailed as the next Zlatan Ibrahimovic, ex-Chelsea youngster Marko Mitrovic is reportedly set for a move to MLS expansion side Orlando City.

Once hailed as “the next Zlatan Ibrahimovic”, Marko Mitrovic was tipped to be a potential star at Chelsea, but his career has not gone quite as hoped.

Signed from local club Malmo in 2008 at the age of 16, the Swedish striker went on to star for the club’s under-18s over the next two seasons, and was a crucial part of the victorious FA Youth Cup side in 2010.

However, injuries soon hampered his progress with the Blues and he would depart for Serie B’s Brescia in the summer of 2012, having failed to make a first-team appearance at Stamford Bridge.

Scoring just three goals in 29 league appearances since, the former under-17 international terminated his contract with the Italian outfit earlier this month and, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, is reportedly set to join MLS expansion side Orlando City.

Competing in the US third-tier at present, the Florida-based outfit will join MLS for the 2015 season, after being announced as the league’s 21st franchise last November, and are in the midst of building their roster for their debut campaign.

Having already added Brazilian superstar Kaka as their first-ever Designated Player, the club have also made attempts to sign the likes of Robinho and Joe Cole this summer but seen those efforts rebuffed.

Mitrovic himself would be an intriguing reclamation project for the side, although whether he will ever be able to live up to those previous expectations from his time at Chelsea remains to be seen.

Orlando will have several more opportunities to add to their MLS squad over the coming months, with the Expansion Draft, Re-Entry Draft, SuperDraft, trades and domestic and international signings all to come, as they attempt to construct a lineup which can compete from the get-go.

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