Chelsea’s approach for Croatian forward Andrej Kramaric has been confirmed by HNK Rijeka’s sporting director, Ivan Mance, following speculation that the free scoring striker is on his way to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea bid for Kramaric
As relayed by Goal, Mance revealed that the Blues had indeed sent a formal offer for Rijeka to consider, though stopped short of stating whether or not it was to be accepted. The general consensus is that the 23-year-old will sign on at Stamford Bridge, before being loaned to Leicester City for the remainder of this campaign.
Kramaric has 21 goals in 19 league appearances this term for Rijeka, and so on paper he looks well worth the £8 million Chelsea are said to be prepared to pay for him. Though the likes of Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Didier Drogba continue to ensure that Jose Mourinho’s side is not short of goals this season the Croat could be an ideal option for the future, and The Special One clearly feels that he has what it takes to shine in the Premier League in years to come.
Mourinho goes back on his word
For Chelsea fans the move might come as something of a surprise, particularly as Mourinho himself moved to rule out making any additions to his frontline in the winter transfer window in November. It remains to be seen if he’ll be the only player coming in, as the Blues have been linked with a number of other players.
As far as Kramaric’s loan move to Leicester is concerned, it could well prove to be a success. Chelsea’s system of purchasing talented youngsters and then farming them out in order to give them experience has already proved worth its weight in goal virtue of the success in the form of Thibaut Courtois, whilst others like Romelu Lukaku have also benefitted elsewhere.
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Nevertheless Kramaric certainly has an arduous task in convincing Mourinho that he deserves a spot in his starting lineup. After a barren season last year the ex-Real Madrid boss has set his affairs firmly in order, and Chelsea are well on course to win the Premier League title. As we approach the halfway point they sit top by three points, with Costa proving to have been one of the buys of the summer.