Romanian club owner gives update on Chelsea's chase of £2.3m wonderkid

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Chelsea have reportedly been in talks to sign Romanian defender Cristian Manea, but Viitorul Constanța owner Gheorghe Hagi says no deal has been struck.

Chelsea have made an amazing start to this season with four wins from four, but that hasn't stopped manager Jose Mourinho from looking towards the January transfer window. According to reports in Romania today, the Blues are on the verge of securing a £2.3m deal to sign Viitorul Constanța right back Cristian Manea.

The 17-year-old became Romania's youngest ever player in May when he was capped at the age of 16, and he's tipped to be a star of the future - which was attracted interest from Chelsea, who continue to gain a reputation for being a team who collect young players before loaning players.

26 players are currently owned by the Blues but are plying their trades away from Stamford Bridge in a bid to gain first team experience ahead of their futures in West London, and the reports today suggested that Manea would be signed in January before spending the second half of the season at either Vitesse Arnhem or Real Mallorca.

Despite the strong reports of an imminent deal for Manea, Viitorul Constanța owner Gheorghe Hagi - a world class midfielder in his playing days with Barcelona - says that there has been no deal agreed for Manea, with more teams interested as well.

"He has other offers. We have many offers," said Hagi. "He is one of the most courted players, but it's not true that he's going somewhere or another...at this point he's not signed any preliminary."

The news may be something of a blow to Chelsea, but they are still in pole position to land the promising defender in January despite Hagi's comments, and a deal may not be far away.

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