Chelsea are close to sealing their first deal of the January transfer window. The Sunday Times say a deal is in place for Croatian striker Andrej Kramaric, which should be finalised soon according to reports.
The 23-year-old has scored 28 goals in 31 appearances in the Croatian top flight, and will cost around £4 million. The Sunday Times say he has put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half year contract at Stamford Bridge.
Kramaric is expected to be sent out straight on loan, either to Vitesse Arnhem where a host of Chelsea youngsters are plying their trade. It has also been suggested that he could go to Leicester for the remainder of the season.
Chelsea eye swoop for Pogba
Elsewhere in the transfer window for the Blues, the Express say they will launch a £77 million move to sign Paul Pogba. That’s the same figure Manchester United are reportedly ready to pay for their former midfielder.
Juventus recently tied the midfielder down to a new but have conceded it may be difficult to keep hold of their top star for the long-term and Chelsea are considering a swoop.
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They would have to shatter their club record to land their man, but having been linked with him since they summer ay be willing to do just that. The Express also say that Chelsea could also swoop for Messi in a £200 million deal.
Schwarzer departure confirmed
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Mark Schwarzer is on his way to Leicester, but added that Petr Cech is going nowhere.
"Jose thanks Mark Schwarzer for being a fantastic professional and says there is no chance of Petr Cech leaving," said Chelsea on Twitter.
Elsewhere Mourinho says he is happy with his team’s 3-0 FA Cup win over Watford yesterday. The Blues are in the hat for the 4th round draw which takes place this evening. The Special One also apologised for his comments after the game for criticising Kevin Friend for not giving his side a penalty against the Hornets. "I want to apologise for my comments in some TV interviews," he said.