Chelsea are hoping to use the connections they built up in the purchases of Branislav Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic to secure a deal to snap up another young Serbian talent - tall defender Srdjan Babic.
According to The Sun, the Stamford Bridge club have enlisted the help of agent Banja Luka to help secure the services of the 18-year-old, who has been tipped for future stardom since emerging as a first team star at Vojvodina Novi Sad.
While their relationship with Luka helped them to bring in Ivanovic and Matic, the report claims the fact that the agent comes from the same city as Babic could have an effect on the deal being done.
There is a decent pedigree for Serbian defenders in the Premier League
Snapping up young talent from around Europe has become a significant factor in Chelsea’s transfer strategy over the last few years, with the likes of Kurt Zouma, Marco van Ginkel, Thibaut Courtois and Nemanja Matic being brought in.
It does not always work out, however, as Matic was used to sign David Luiz in 2010 and has to be re-purchased from Benfica a year ago, while Van Ginkel has struggled to get playing time anywhere after suffering serious knee injury.
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There is a decent pedigree for Serbian defenders in the Premier League, with Ivanovic at Stamford Bridge being the best example alongside former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic. At such a young age, it is premature to expect too much from Babic, but there is definitely promise there.
A tall defender at at 6ft 4in, the youngster has turned out for the Serbia Under-17s and Under-19 in the past couple of seasons and a move to Chelsea would likely see him make the step up in age groups relatively quickly.
Babic comes from the same youth academy as Dusan Tadic, who joined Chelsea’s Premier League counterparts Southampton in the summer from FC Twente. The 26-year-old has been a relative success under Ronald Koeman, who has lead the Saints to a surprise third place in the table so far this season.
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