The 16-year-old Serbian is also being courted by his current side’s Bundesliga rivals Hamburg.
Should the exciting youngster wish to remain in Germany the Blues may face difficulties in convincing the player to move to England though he may be attracted to the prospect of playing in the Barclays Premier League.
Kasumovic has been scouted by Blues chiefs for some time, with the 6ft striker widely regarded as one of Europe’s next big things. Despite his tender age, he has already been called up to the Bosnian under-21 squad even before he has featured for his club side’s first team.
Chelsea are preparing to test Hannover’s resolve to hold onto the striker as they bid to bring him to Stamford Bridge and allow him to mature and develop at their own academy.
Because of his 6ft frame and lethal finishing, Kasumovic has been compared to recent Manchester City acquisition and Bosnian compatriot Edin Dzeko – who commanded a whopping £27million transfer fee.
Kasumovic meanwhile is out of contract at the end of the season but because he is under 24, Hamburg are entitled to a fee that will be subject to a tribunal if the two sides cannot reach an agreement themselves.
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has been tasked by Blues owner and Russian oil tycoon Roman Abramovich to oversee a summer clear-out at Stamford Bridge and freshen up the squad with some new and exciting signings.
Capturing the Bosnian’s signature would prove to be a signal of intent as Chelsea look to a bright long-term future at the club.
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