The big news of the upcoming winter transfer window is Rijeka’s Andrej Kramarić and whether he will land at Chelsea. News coming out of Croatia on Tuesday says that Kramarić will be in London the Monday following New Year’s for a physical at Stamford Bridge. It would be a Rijeka transfer record somewhere in the range of 5-7 million Euros.
If the deal goes through, there’s rumors flying around on what Chelsea would do with Kramarić. Some say he would be loaned back to Rijeka for the rest of the season. Others have Chelsea loaning out the Croatian striker to Leicester City until summer. But with Diego Costa in a bit of a funk and Didier Drogba on the last legs of his career, who knows if the Special One will vow to keep him on the club for Chelsea’s Champions League run.
French club Lille was also vowing for the services of Kramarić but joined the discussions too late. If Kramarić joins Chelsea in January, he’ll put himself in good position to be a starting XI Croatia player going into Euro 2016. Kramarić currently leads the HNL in goals with 21.
On the defensive side of things, ESPNFC.com is reporting that 27 year-old defender Ivan Strinić will join Serie A club Napoli on a free transfer. His contract with Dnipro expires on December 31st, 2014 and Strinić is free to go where he pleases. A move to Italy, both for playing and atmosphere has to be a good decision for Strinić, who left Hajduk for Dnipro in 2011.