Chelsea and Tottenham target Andrej Kramaric agrees new Rijeka contract, Stamford Bridge move still expected

Croatia Football Team June 2013

Andrej Kramaric has reportedly agreed a new contract with Croatian side HNK Rijeka, but he is still set to leave the club in January.

Kramaric has been linked with a host of top European clubs in recent weeks following some impressive goalscoring feats in his homeland.

A ratio of more than a goal a game with HNK Rijeka saw him called up to the Croatian national team earlier this year, and although his form on the international stage has not been as good, a return of two goals in four games is still impressive.

Chelsea have reportedly had a deal in place for the 23-year-old, whilst new head of recruitment at Tottenham Hotspur Paul Mitchell is said to have scouted the forward as he gets to work with his new club. Serie A side Juventus are also keen on him, whilst interest from Spain is headed by La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.

It is highly expected that Kramaric will be leaving Rijeka in January following the interest, but, surprisingly, it has been reported by Index that he has agreed a new contract with his club to tie him down until 2017.

However, the report also indicates that the signing of the contract is to actually speed up any likely transfer, whilst assuring that the club would receive a high fee for their star striker.

So as to assure that Rijeka would profit from the sale, Kramaric signed the new deal which removes the £2 million release clause present in his previous contract, and guarantees that any buying club could not capitalise on the summer expiration of his contract by tapping him up for free.

So, even though a new contract has been agreed, Kramaric is still set to leave his homeland in January, with Spain the favoured destination for the forward. However, the report also indicates that Chelsea are still favourites for his signature, being able to offer more money and a higher level of competition than any other suitors.

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