Europa League disappointment could speed up exit for Tottenham and Chelsea target

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Rijeka’s failure to progress past the group phase of the Europa League means that Andrij Kramaric is increasingly likely to leave Croatia this January.

Tottenham Hotspur-linked Andrij Kramaric may have moved one step closer to leaving current club Rijeka after the Croatian side was dumped out of the Europa League by Sevilla.

The 23-year-old has been the subject of some interest from both Spurs and Chelsea, and could head to the Premier League this January as part of a potential £8 million deal.

Previously linked with a summer move to Celtic, the newly-capped Croatia international has scored 21 goals in just 16 games for Rijeka this term and has netted twice in the space of just four matches for the national side.

A versatile striker who has drawn comparisons with Davor Suker, the forward has long been touted as one for the future, Kramaric was one of the shining lights for Rijeka in Europe this term, scoring seven goals in 11 continental fixtures in a return that put him well and truly in the shop window for a move.

That haul included a notable hat-trick against Feyenoord in a famous win over the Dutch giants that had the Croatian underdogs dreaming of an unlikely place in the knockout stages.

Drawn alongside the Eredivisie side, holders Sevilla and Belgian club Standard Liege, Rijeka held their own and went into their final group game against the Spanish outfit with their fate in their own hands.

A win would see the Croatian club progress at the expense of the holders, but in a game of tight margins a single goal from former Manchester City academy star Denis Suarez settled things, despite long periods of sustained pressure from Rijeka.

And with the club now out of Europe and set to miss out on what would have been a potentially lucrative knockout tie, a deal could well be on the cards for Kramaric.

Valued at £8 million by Rijeka, the forward’s current employers are reportedly keen to cash-in on the youngster before his contract expires.

But both Chelsea and Tottenham could face plenty of competition for his services, amid reports from Italy indicating that Juventus are also keen on the striker.

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