Serie A champions Juventus are looking to beat Chelsea to the signature of highly-rated striker Andrej Kramaric and have started to make contact with the player’s entourage, reports claim.
The Croatian international is currently plying his trade for Rijeka in his native country and has attracted the attentions of Europe’s leading clubs as a result of his deadly finishing in front of goal.
Since the start of the Croatian season, Kramaric has netted 27 times in 25 appearances in all competitions, including a hat-trick against tough Europa League opponents Feyenoord.
The 23-year-old stands at 5ft 11inch and has been compared to Croatian legend Davor Suker, a player Jose Mourinho’s side know well due to his time at London rivals Arsenal and later West Ham United.
The Blues currently possess one of the world’s best strikers in Diego Costa , ut the likely retirement of Didier Drogba next summer could open up the spot for a younger deputy.
The Stamford Bridge outfit, however, face strong competition for Rijeka's prize talent and according to Sky Sports Italia, Juventus appear to be making the necessary moves to secure his signature.
“Juventus have made concrete contacts with the player’s father as well as Rijeka to reach agreements. They supposedly already have an agreement in principle with the player but there is distance between the two clubs: Rijeka is asking for 10 million euro, but before Juventus makes such an investment they want to be totally convinced of the player’s quality,” the report states.
Kramaric has represented his country at all ages after making his senior debut last August in a friendly victory over Cyprus.
It didn’t take him long to score his first national goal as a matter of days later he helped Croatia record a Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Malta by getting on the scoresheet.