Bit of a short and sharp one this afternoon for a player that potentially could be a household name in a couple of years, but at this point doesn’t even have a wikipedia page…talk about an unearthed gem.
Luka Krajnc is clearly well known to scouts of Europe as the 16 year old defender is at the heart of a heated bidding war involving numerous different clubs. It is now reported that Chelsea have leaped ahead of the competition for the players signature and that they will compete a deal for the young superstar this Summer.
Krajnc is currently playing for Slovenian side NK Maribor and at the age of only 16 he has already represented his country at junior levels. The left footed defender is primarily a central defender but can also play at left full back when it is required, he is praised for his pace, strength and passing ability. At 6’1 he is also strong in the air and uses that to great effect, and coupled with his strength it makes him a dominant defender.
It was reported last year that Blackburn Rovers were leading the race to sign the youngster amongst competition from AC Milan and Inter Milan because of his stated desire to play in the Premier League. It is now reported in Italian newspaper La Republicca, that Juventus, Liverpool and Chelsea have all joined the scrap to sign the player.
It is believed that shortly before Christmas Chelsea signed an agreement with the players club that essentially gave them first refusal on the player. Due to the defenders young age the fee involved would be pretty small, but there could be future incentives, the quoted sum is a mere £130,000 which for a player who has been dubbed as the next Alessandro Nesta doesn’t seem much.
At 16 clearly the player still has a lot to learn and it is totally unknown whether he will fulfill the expectations that have been placed around him, with the right tutelage and instruction there is no reason that he couldn’t go on to become a top player. Considering however that the player hasn’t played any games at the top level it is evident that this would demonstrate a signing for the future and not an instant starter, but that is still an exciting prospect for fans of any club.
There might be more twists and turns in this story but if the rumours of the agreement between clubs is true it would seem likely that the most probably destination would be Stamford Bridge come next season.
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