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Serie A side confirm deal to sign Chelsea’s U21 international striker

chelseassChelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are discussing the impact of another youngster’s departure from Stamford Bridge, after a transfer was confirmed by the buying club.

Serie A outfit Udinese have announced a deal that sees them sign striker Stipe Perica from Chelsea, after activating the purchase clause on the Croatian striker’s loan deal from last season.

Perica, an U21 international for Croatia, spent four years at Chelsea but never made a senior appearance, instead spending two-years on-loan at NAC Breda before joining Udinese on a temporary deal in January 2015.

The 20-year-old scored four goals in 22 appearances in Italy and is still rated very highly, whilst his exit will likely raise more questions regarding Chelsea’s controversial youth ranks, with the Blues being widely accused of hoarding talent.

Perica joined Chelsea in 2010 from Croatian side Zadar, having scored eight goals in 20 appearances in his homeland, but now leaves after becoming the latest young talent who’s failed to earn opportunities in west London.

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