The Football Transfer Tavern is having a revamp today with painters arriving to spruce up the bar area following the closure of the transfer window earlier this month.
A group of Chelsea supporters are having a competitive game of darts when a regular in the tavern John Drayton attracts their attention with news of the latest Bundesliga star that the Blues are chasing.
Mail Online report that Chelsea are reportedly closing in on the signing of German Under-19 international Julian Brandt, whom they have been scouting closely in recent weeks.
The 17-year-old Wolsburg winger is a promising prospect and one of the finest young players coming through in Germany at the moment.
Chelsea have already raided the Bundesliga for one of its most talented players this summer, signing German international winger Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen for around £18 million, and manager Jose Mourinho is said to be keen to continue building his youthful side as he looks to establish a strong core at Stamford Bridge for the future.
Brandt has not yet made a senior appearance for Wolfsburg, but his performances at youth level for club and country appear to be enough to have persuaded Chelsea to move fast to secure his signature.
Although Chelsea have often neglected to give young players a chance at the expense of big name signings since the arrival of Roman Abramovich, new Financial Fair Play regulations brought in by UEFA mean the club have been forced to rethink their recruitment policy.
Interestingly the same report suggests that the Blues are also said to be keen on a move for Everton starlet Ross Barkley when the transfer window re-opens in January.
Will the Blues add the highly promising German to their ranks? Let us know your thoughts below.
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