Chelsea’s recent record of signing and nurturing young talent from around the world is exemplary, with the West London club making the most of slack legislation surrounding the loaning of players.
It appears that the West London outfit have another rising star in their sights, with confirmation that a move in January could be on the cards.
Andrej Kramaric is one of the hottest prospects in European football at the moment and is being linked to a host of top European clubs after a goal glut in his homeland in recent months.
The 23-year-old striker has netted an incredible 37 goals in 42 matches since joining HNK Rijeka last year and has been recognised with a call-up to the Croatian national set-up.
With potential for a switch abroad this January, the hotshot’s father has confirmed that Chelsea are interested in his son, while Atletico Madrid are also in the hunt.
“There is nothing new; it’s true, there is again the desire of Chelsea and Mourinho for him to come to London,” Josip Kramaric told T Portal.
“Who knows, maybe he'll end up in the Vitesse or some such smaller club. As far as Atletico concerned, we know that they do not want to offer more than five million.”
With Diego Costa, Loic Remy and veteran Didier Drogba in Jose Mourinho’s first-team squad it is unlikely that Kramaric would see many minutes of action at Stamford Bridge, and a loan move elsewhere would seem the most likely option if he was to join the Blues.
Tottenham have also been accredited with an interest in the former Dinamo Zagreb forward, who signed a new contract recently with Rijeka but is still widely expected to move to one of Europe’s major leagues in January or next summer.