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Report: Stipe Perica to be loaned to NAC Breda

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The Croatian center forward will spend the year in the Netherlands, but not playing for Vitesse Arnhem

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Chelsea caught many folks unaware when they added Stipe Perica to their stable of young talent earlier in the summer, with the only major question being whether he'd be joining the U21 side or heading out on loan. As Perica doesn't have the required work permit to play in the United Kingdom at the moment, he'll be spending the season away from his new home at Stamford Bridge.

Reports out of Croatia are telling us his destination, with the Eredivisie being the beneficiary of his inability to play in England. He'll reportedly be joining NAC Breda for the season, where he'll likely see significant minutes leading their attack.

Former Zadar striker Stipe Perica (18) will head to the one-time Dutch champions for one season on loan. The Croatian U19 international signed a five-year deal with the Stanford Bridge club earlier this month. Perica is currently in Antwerp, which is 30 kilometres from Breda, looking for a new apartment and will train with the side for the first time on Monday.

At the moment, it sounds as if Perica is simply waiting for the appropriate paperwork to be finished before the deal is announced, but that likely won't take too long. Work permits are far easier to obtain in the Netherlands than they are in England, so I'd guess Perica will be training with his new teammates early in the week.

I like the fit for the player as well, as while it's certainly a step up from his last league, it's not likely big enough that he'd struggle to get minutes. He's just too physically talented to be left out of Breda's squad, even if his game still needs an awful lot of polish.