Chelsea chase Italian ‘baby bomber’

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Chelsea are being linked with a move to bring Italian striker Alessandro Capello to the club.

The 16-year-old striker – nicknamed the ‘baby bomber’ – has been earning rave reviews in his homeland after scoring 19 goals in 24 youth games for the Bologna youth team.

It’s form that’s alerted a number of clubs from across Europe, with Juventus and Borussia Dortmund also keen to add the teenager to their ranks, according to reports in Italy, as cited on talkSPORT.

Capello has already represented the Azzurri at U18 level, featuring in the 2-0 win over Macedonia just over a month ago, and could now move away from Serie ‘A’ before making a single senior appearance in the top domestic division.

Chelsea have a strong Italian connection in the past at Stamford Bridge, and current manager Roberto Di Matteo earned 34-caps for the country between 1994 and 1998.

Gianfranco Zola and Gianluca Vialli also enjoyed successful spells on the King’s Road, and Capello could be the next great striker at Chelsea in the eyes of Di Matteo.

However, the teenager is unlikely to be rushed into senior action immediately with the Blues, despite a lack of attacking options behind Spanish star Fernando Torres and England international Daniel Sturridge.

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