Chelsea have been blasted over their impending deal for Croatian striker Andrej Kramaric by the player's former club.
Zdravko Mamic, executive president Dinamo Zagreb where the 23-year-old used to play, has labelled the impending deal as 'football murder' and described it as the most embarrassing transfer in the history of Kramaric's club Rijeka.
Mamic also accused Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich of using his influence amongst friends to complete the deal.
Kramaric has been in excellent form this season and has 21 goals in 18 games in the Croatian top flight. Previously Leicester had shown an interest in the forward but it now appears that Chelsea are on the cusp of completing a deal. It was reported that he has agreed a four-year deal with the Blues and will travel to London to complete a £7.5 million move.
However not everyone is happy with the move. Last week Rijeka agent Predrag Racki urged Kramaric to snub Chelsea in order to get more game time with Leicester and now Mamic has aired his grievances.
"Chelsea have no interest in Kramaric as a player, but as a potential investment or gift to a sports friend," he said.
"Using the influence of Chelsea, Abramovich entertains his friends. If this transfer is realised, it will be football murder for Kramaric, he doesn’t deserve it. In addition, it would be the most embarrassing move in the history of the football club Rijeka."
Chelsea are unlikely to be unhappy with Mamic's comments which may have to do with the fact that a clause wasn't inserted into Kramaric's contract that would have entitled them to a portion of the fee is Rijeka sold him on.
The Blues have more pressing worries at the moment however after seeing their lead at the top of the Premier League table wiped out following defeat against Chelsea. Tottenham romped to a 5-3 victory yesterday at White Hart Lane which, coupled with Manchester City's 3-2 win against Sunderland, helped Manuel Pellegrini's side pull level at the top going into the second half of the season.