Report: Chelsea set to complete Pantic deal

The Blues are reportedly set to complete the protracted transfer of the Partizan Belgrade youngster.

Chelsea are set to complete the signing of Partizan Belgrade youngster Danilo Pantic, according to the Mirror.

The report claims that the youngster has said he is moving to Jose Mourinho’s side before the end of the January transfer window on Monday.

The player has reportedly refused to sign a professional contract with the club though, meaning they will pick up just £670,000 for his services.

“In the situation we are now in, going to Chelsea would be the best solution for me and for Partizan,” Pantic is quoted as saying in the Mirror.

“I am not sure when I will be back in Belgrade, I believe in the next day or two, and a transfer should be done this week.”

The now increasingly likely transfer of Pantic to Chelsea would conclude what has been a long and protracted negotiation for the youngster, which has had some false starts.

The Premier League leaders previously thought they had agreed a £1.25 million deal for the youngster, who revealed he had turned down a number of clubs, including Serie A giants Juventus, in order to sign for the Blues, according to Metro. He had reportedly agreed a four-year contract with the club, who would then loan him to Vitesse Arnhem.

However, he later revealed that he had never agreed upon a move to Stamford Bridge, according to the London Evening Standard despite his comments saying he had.

“I have been the talk of the town lately but I know I didn’t sign anything with Chelsea,” he said.

“They showed interest but no concrete deal was signed. I am still a Partizan player.”

Now, though, a deal looks to have been struck for the central midfielder, who has made 18 appearances and scored two goals for the Belgrade based side since his debut in 2013.

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