A string of Premier League sides are believed to be in the hunt for Croatian goal machine Andrej Kramaric, but the latest revelations indicate that Chelsea have stolen a march on their rival suitors.
Leicester and Tottenham are the two other Premier League outfits said to be vying for his services, while AC Milan and Juventus are credited with interest from Serie A.
Another from the kingdom of calcio with Kramaric on their hit list is Atalanta and it is they who have blown the whistle on the Croat’s prospective move to the Blues, stating that the player had already agreed terms ahead of a Stamford Bridge switch.
Jose Mourinho’s men – 17/20 to beat Spurs on New Year’s Day – have allegedly matched the £7.9m Leicester are thought to have offered for the prolific striker, but what do we know about him?
The 23-year-old has fired a phenomenal 26 goals in 25 appearances for HNK Rijeka this term, including five in six Europa League outings.
An ingratiation onto the international stage hasn’t curtailed his fiendishness any either, with two strikes registered in his four caps for Croatia after scoring 22 for their many under-age groups prior.
Lauded for his versatility, Vetrani coach Niko Kovac has likened Kramaric to Croatian legend Davor Suker and his ability to lead the line by himself will no doubt have endeared him to the Chelsea recruitment team.
He’s also able to play out wide owing to his great pace, while his lethal finishing makes him a real threat in behind opposition defences.
Such is the ferocity with which he has stockpiled goals this season, only Real Madrid virtuoso Cristiano Ronaldo can best his current scoring rate in Europe.
This deadly sharpshooting suggests the Croatian top-tier’s player of the year certainly has the credentials to notch en masse in the Premier League, especially if he’s being furnished with chances from the master conjurers in the Chelsea camp.
A price of 91/100 says he signs for a Premier League outfit by February 3rd 2015.