Borussia Dortmund appear to be preparing to make an offer to beat Chelsea and other reputable rivals to the signing of Swedish starlet Carlos Strandberg.
According to reports from German publication Bild cited by talkSPORT, the Bundesliga giants - who once again finished runners-up behind reigning champions Bayern Munich last season - are plotting a bid worth £1.2 million for the striker who currently plies his trade in Allsvenskan with BK Hacken.
The same source - who refer to the talented 18-year-old as the 'new Mario Balotelli' - claim that Strandberg is a transfer target for Chelsea as well as the likes of heavyweight La Liga duo Real Madrid and Barcelona.
While it may be slightly premature to suggest that Strandberg - who has yet to represent his country above U19 level - is capable of having an immediate impact at Signal Iduna Park, Jurgen Klopp's apparent desire to secure exciting new striking options is hardly a shock given the recent defection of previously popular Robert Lewandowski to Bayern.
Dortmund have been quick to add to their squad in the aftermath of the Polish international's departure, with Klopp having already completed deals to sign Ciro Immobile, Adrian Ramos and Ji-Dong Won from Torino, Hertha Berlin and FC Augsburg respectively.
While that trio should be able to sufficiently compensate for the loss of a player who has scored 44 domestic goals over the past two years, the capture of such an in-demand and promising young talent in Strandberg would surely serve as an extra timely morale boost.
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Chelsea would presumably have no problem whatsoever matching such a measly offer, although it remains to be see if this will be on Jose Mourinho's agenda for the coming weeks.
The Portuguese - who failed to win a trophy last season in what was his first campaign back in charge at Stamford Bridge - has conducted his transfer business very quickly indeed this summer, with the trio of Cesc Fabregas, Filipe Luis and Diego Costa all having arrived at Stamford Bridge from Spain rather promptly.
Indeed, Mourinho has been quick to confirm that he is not looking to bolster his squad any further during the current transfer window, although a reported contract offer to Chelsea legend Didier Drogba may suggest otherwise.
If the Blues were to match Dortmund's proposed offer for Strandberg, it is unlikely he would remain in West London for very long given the club's preferred policy of allowing youngsters to continue their development out on loan in competitive leagues.
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