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Chelsea about to sign 23-year-old Croatian Andrej Kramaric, claims Serie A club chief

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Here's a bit of a random one for all y'all.

In order then: Pierpaolo Marino is, as far as I can tell, the General Manager of Atalanta B.C., the Serie A club based in Bergamo.  Kramarić is 23-year-old Croatian striker Andrej Kramarić who plays and scores tons of goals for HNK Rijeka in the Croatian top division.  Chelsea are, in all likelihood, Chelsea Football Club.  Hey, that's us!  The quote is an English translation of the words making the rounds in the Italian press.

Kramarić has been lights out in Croatia for the last few years and has 54 goals to his name in his last 59 matches for Rijeka.  Earlier this year, he earned his first cap for Croatia, on which occasion national coach Niko Kovač was reminded of the legendary Davor Šuker in the boy.  High praise, to be sure.  Here's a video of appropriate tongue-wagging magnitude.

At 23, he's a bit older than our usual golden ticket signings, so if things are as the Atalanta chief is claiming, he'd most likely be part of our first-team plans rather than a loan candidate.  With restrictions on the movement of Croatian workers and thus football players expected to end in the summer of 2015, we would no longer have to worry about a work permit either.  I can easily see him -- or any new signing like him -- compete for Didier Drogba's soon-to-be-vacant position, alongside the likes of Patrick Bamford and perhaps even fellow Croatian Stipe Perica.

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