Chelsea close in on Croatian deal

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Chelsea are close to finalising their first signing of the summer as the club waits for Darijo Srna to return from international duty, according to the Evening Standard.

Srna, 28, is currently away with the Croatia team having played in friendlies but is expected to meet with his club Shakhtar Donetsk later this week to speak about Chelsea’s bid.

The Blues have been after Srna since January and now could be their chance as the Ukrainian club are willing to cash in on their captain, who is in the last year of his contract.

The Standard reports sources close to the player believe a move to Stamford Bridge is 80-20 in their favour despite interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Carlo Ancelotti is planning on making room in his squad for Srna by offloading Juliano Belletti and Paulo Ferreira, the latter could link up with former manager Avram Grant at West Ham United.

The same newspaper claims Chelsea are also tracking Victor Mugabe of Germinal Beerschot who is the brother of Inter Milan star McDonald Mariga.

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