Report: Udinese to meet Chelsea over Stipe Perica deal

Udinese are looking to sign Chelsea youngster Stipe Perica.

The 19-year-old Croat signed for the Blues in the summer of 2013, before immediately being loaned out to NAC Breda in the Eredivisie.

He rejoined the Dutch club on loan prior to the start of this campaign, and has managed to net nine goals in 37 games across his two spells. He loan deal this season was due to keep him in the Netherlands until the end of the campaign, but a period of wavering form has seen the forward drop out of the squad recently.

With his place looking increasingly questioned with the Dutch club, a report in TMW has suggested that Serie A side Udinese are looking to take him on loan from now until the end of the season, before purchasing his rights in the summer for a reported €5 million.

He moved to Chelsea for a £2.16 million fee, as per Transfermrkt, and so selling Perica would offer the Blues a profit, once again showing the adroit work they do in the transfer market.

The TMW report indicates that talks will be held tonight between the two clubs concerning transferring the loan from the Netherlands to Italy, and it is likely the Blues will be willing to see Perica go to the Stadio Friuli for the remainder of the season, especially with Luis Muriel looking set to join Sampdoria, leaving a striking position available. If first-team football can be guaranteed, Chelsea will be looking for Perica’s development to benefit with Udinese’s current striking woes.

However, although the story shows that the Zebrette are keen on loaning him with the option to buy at the end of the season, it is unknown whether the Blues would agree to such a deal, with Perica considered one of the most promising young strikers in Europe.

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