Chelsea set sight on Fiorentina star, previously rejected by Manchester United.
Roberto Di Matteo has put young Serbian striker Adem Ljajic on top of his shopping list for the upcoming transfer window. According to Italian website Calciomercato.com, while checking up on Stevan Jovetic, Chelsea scouts have been impressed by the young striker and club could make a move in January.
Ljajic’s undoubtedly talent has often been surrounded by worries about his maturity and ability to settle, followed by trouble with club representatives and concern about his fitness. Many football fans will probably remember him for being battered by his own manager whilst on the substitutes bench last May.
Delio Rossi, former Fiorentina manager, lost his temper during a game against Novara and flew into a rage of punches directed at the player. The coach was later fired and it seemed to be a matter of time before Ljajic was himself moved on but the 21-year-old managed to continue with Fiorentina.
In 2010 the Serbian striker was really close to join Manchester United but the deal was called off at last minute. He then signed with Italian club Fiorentina, which paid Partizan Belgrade £6.5m for him. Initial reports about how he was performing seemed to be positive, with many Manchester United supporters worried they missed out on a real talent, but things turned sour last year. So far he has scored 5 goals in 59 games with La Violas.
Chelsea’s interest will no doubt interest Ljajic , who could have the chance to show Manchester United how wrong they were.
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