Five facts on reported Chelsea target Fabrice Olinga

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Recent reports have linked Chelsea with Malaga's Fabrice Olinga.

According to a report in The Daily Mail, Chelsea have turned their attentions to 18-year-old Malaga forward Fabrice Olinga after ex-Blues striker Samuel Eto'o recommended him to his new employers Sampdoria. The report claims Olinga is currently having a trial with the Seria A side on the Cameroonian legend's recommendation, and this move has prompted Jose Mourinho to take a closer look at the youngster.

Little is known about Olinga in the Premier League, so here are five facts for Chelsea fans in case they get their man.

1) Despite being just 18-years-old, Olinga has already made eight appearances for Cameroon's national team. Astonishingly he made his dream international debut in October 2012 as a 16-year-old, and became his country's youngest-ever scorer by bagging the winner in a 2-1 victory over Cape Verde.

2) Cameroon manager Volker Finke selected Olinga to be part of his 23-man World Cup squad last summer, but he remained an unused substitute throughout the tournament as the African side crashed out in the group stages.

3) Olinga began his education in Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o football foundation, before being snapped up by RCD Mallorca in 2009, a path that led him to adopt the title the 'next Eto'o', as he also played for Mallorca.

4) He never made a first-team appearance for Mallorca and was offered the opportunity to join Malaga in 2011. After signing, Olinga became a crucial figure in the club's academy and helped them to reach the final of the 2012 Copa del Rey Juvenil de Fútbol, which they ultimately lost 1-0 to Espanyol.

5) It was current Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini that cave Olinga his big break at Malaga in 2012. The Chilean manager brought the youngster on, just 16 at the time, as a 60th-minute sub and he repaid his manager's faith by scoring the winner away at Celta Vigo, becoming La Liga's youngest ever goalscorer in the process.

In total, Olinga has made 10 appearances for Malaga since his debut in 2012. Recently he has also spent time on loan at Belgian side Zulte Waregem and Cypriot First Division club Apollon Limassol.

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