Chelsea have always been actively looking to recruit top young talent to their academy ranks as part of their football model, and Hamburg striker Jann-Fiete Arp is someone who has been on their radar for some time.
German source Bild are reporting that there is only a 20% chance that Arp stays at Hamburg beyond this season with the Bundesliga strugglers likely to be relegated to the second tier of German football, and a number of top clubs will be vying for his signature.
However, according to an exclusive by Fussballtransfers, Bayern Munich are understood to be poised to secure the signature of the teenage striker.
The 18-year-old broke into the Hamburg first-team back in the Autumn and has netted twice in 16 appearances in the Bundesliga and is regarded as one of the brightest young prospects his country has to offer.
Bayern believe that the €7.5m-rated striker could be a future star in the game, but don’t believe he’s ready for first-team football at the Allianz Arena and should they complete a deal to sign him, they would immediately look to loan him out next season.
Arp has seen his name linked with a number of clubs, but Chelsea were believed to be closing in on a deal for Arp earlier in the winter, while Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton have all also been linked with a move by the Mirror.