Chelsea's hopes of signing Serbian wonderkid Lazar Markovic are in the hands of former manager Avram Grant, who is trying to persuade the Partizan Belgrade striker to snub the advances of Inter Milan and move to west London, reports the Daily Mirror.

The 19-year-old is one of the most highly-rated young forwards in Europe at the moment, and has attracted widespread interest from a host of top clubs.

Roman Abramovich is keen to bring Markovic to Stamford Bridge, and has already set up a meeting for the player with Branislav Ivanovic, in the hope that he will be persuaded by his compatriot to sign for Chelsea.

After flying to London earlier this year, the talented teenager was said to be impressed with the club's facilities, but is yet to make a formal decision on where to commit his future.

Now, Abramovich is turning to Grant - who had a brief spell as Chelsea manager in 2007/08 - in an attempt to convince a player he coached to Partizan Belgrade's fifth consecutive domestic title last season, to move to the Premier League.



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