Chelsea target Andrej Kramaric has signed a new deal with HNK Rijeka, according to reports in Croatia.
That may sound like bad news for the Blues but it’s not - it’s being claimed in Croatia that the new deal removes a host of clauses that stood in the way of a move in January and that now the deal can go ahead.
The young forward has been attracting interest from across Europe of late, and has been linked with a host of big European clubs. It was suggested that Tottenham were also in the race for his services along with Chelsea, but that it was Jose Mourinho's side that were winning the race. Juventus are also believed to be in the race.
Now according to Index in Croatia, Kramaric has agreed a two year extension to keep him with his current club - but only for what is expected to be a short amount of time. Indeed the contract should ensure his move away - potentially in the January transfer window - should go ahead smoothly.
Beforehand he had a clause in his contract which would allow him to leave for just £2 million. However the youngster wanted to ensure his club received a sizeable fee for helping his development and now that has been removed.
Chelsea are unlikely to be perturbed by paying slightly over the odds for the 23-year-old who has made his debut for Croatia. Tottenham won't feel aggrieved at paying a few million more for one of Croatia's best youngsters, although it does seem as though they are behind Chelsea in the race for his signature.
There could be one last twist however that could work against both Chelsea and Tottenham. The player himself revealed earlier this week that he believed Spain could be a better option for him.
"I would like to play in the Spanish Primera since their football is the style that suits me," Kramaric told Sportske Novosti.
"I expect to make a tough decision. I have spent several sleepless nights, but I have to think about it some more. Sitting on the bench is not my aim, I want to ensure that I will play.