Partizan Belgrade midfielder Danilo Pantic expects to join Chelsea this week, reports the Metro.
The talented 18-year-old, who looks set for a bright future in the game, is set to complete a move to Stamford Bridge for just £670,000 in the immediate future.
Ready for the move
Pantic has featured on just 13 occasions for Belgrade, but appears to be ready to join the ranks at Chelsea sooner rather than later.
Speaking to reporters, the teenager said: "In the situation we are now in, going to Chelsea would be the best solution for me and for Partizan.
"I am not sure when I will be back in Belgrade, I believe in the next day or two, and a transfer should be done this week."
Pantic, then, could become the Blues' first January signing, but it remains to be seen as to whether a deal can be concluded before the end of the window.
It has certainly been a quiet transfer period for Jose Mourinho and Co. at the Bridge, but things could yet take off in its latter stages.
There's no doubt about it, though, if Chelsea manage to secure the signature of Pantic, then he will have his work cut out as he goes in search of securing a place in the club's first-team.
With the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic, Ramies and Co. already starring in the middle of the park under Mourinho, the 18-year-old may well have to wait before being handed a key role in the Premier League.
In truth, the duo of Fabregas and Matic have arguably proved the best midfield partnership throughout the course of this campaign, so it will be tricky for any player to move ahead of them in the pecking order at the Bridge.
In fact, both stars impressed again last night as the Blues secured a place in the Capital One Cup final after they beat rivals Liverpool 1-0 after extra-time.
Chelsea will face either of Sheffield United or Tottenham in the final, as Mourinho looks to secure his first trophy since his return to English soil.
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