Blues steal a march on City and Everton in race to land giant striker.
Chelsea have beaten off competition from a number of other Premier League rivals to seal the signature of highly rated young NK Zadar front man Stipe Perica, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The west London club have been closely monitoring the Croatia Under-21 international for some time now, with a view to bringing the giant striker to Stamford Bridge during the summer transfer window.
However, the Blues knew that they also faced stiff competition for the 18-year-old’s signature from the likes of both top-flight outfits Manchester City and Everton, who were keen on landing the 6ft 3in target man as well.
But Perica has now decided that a move to the Blues is the best option for his future career, with the opportunity to work with returning Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho believed to be the deciding factor in the Croat opting to move to the capital next season rather than to either Eastlands or Goodison Park.
Perica only joined Zadar at the beginning of the 2012-13 campaign, going on to find the back of the net on eight occasions in his 20 league outings for the club, form in front of goal that also resulted in the forward featuring for his country at the Fifa U20 World Cup, where he was the youngest member of the Croatia squad, with the attacker also going on to score in their win over New Zealand.