Chelsea in talks to sign Lovre Kalinic & Tino-Sven Susic

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Representatives of Hajduk Split have confirmed they have arrived in London and The Express claim it is to iron out a deal with Chelsea for young stars Lovre Kalinic and Tino-Sven Susic.

Chelsea are believed to have attained first refusal on both young stars as part of the £3 million summer signing of 19-year-old Mario Pasalic. The youngster was immediately loaned out to Spanish side Elche but is expected to develop into a fine player.

Similarly, both Kalinic and Susic are highly regarded at the Croatian club and seem to have landed on Jose Mourinho's radar. With the January window approaching, it appears all parties are keen to agree a deal.

"Yes, we are in London and at the negotiations"


Marin Brbic, one of the officials of Split, confirmed in the same report: "Yes, we are in London and at the negotiations, I can tell you that. But I do not have anything else to say on the subject."

Kalinic is a young goalkeeper, who at 24-years-old, has broken into the Croatian national team. He has also made 33 senior appearances for Split after four loan spells away from the club from 2009 to 2012.

Time up for Cech?

A move for him could be a sign that Petr Cech is about to leave west London. The Czech Republic international has played second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois and has been tipped to depart if the situation stays the same.

However, Kalinic could just be a third choice goalkeeper and may be lined up to replace Mark Schwarzer, who at 42-years-old, must be considering retirement soon. Finally, he could be loaned straight out as part of a system that has seen Chelsea profit from the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne.

Susic, 22, is a talented midfielder who has already earned seven caps with Bosnia and Herzegovina. He had represented Belgium up to Under-19 level, but later pledged his allegiance to the Balkan state.

Loan stars

Mourinho earlier admitted that he was not planning on adding to his squad in the January transfer window, pouring cold water on these reports. However, Chelsea have over two dozen players currently out on loan and it would not be outlandish to suggest Susic and Kalinic could join the likes of Marco van Ginkel and Christian Atsu on the loan wagon at Stamford Bridge.

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