Chelsea’s quest to hoover up the best young talent on the planet has hit a road bump in recent days.
Various news outlets in Croatia are telling the story of how Dinamo Zagreb rejected an approach from Chelsea for their 18-year-old goalkeeper Adrian Semper.
Chelsea sent representatives to Zagreb in order to finalise a deal. The Blues tabled a bid for the teenage keeper, but Dinamo decided to rebuff the approach.
Instead, Adrian Semper has since signed a new contract with the Croatian club.
Dinamo manager Zoran Mamic has told local press about his dealings with Chelsea:
For the last few days, Chelsea representatives have been in Zagreb, where they have prepared – I must admit – a great offer for Adrian Semper.
We thanked them. They were highly professional and pleasant people, but we said ‘no’.
It is never easy to reject such a big offer for a young player, but we are convinced Adrian has a fantastic future ahead of him and we want him to spend at least some of that future with Dinamo.
After having had a £1.9 million bid rejected, Chelsea then had a £3.1 million bid turned down too, according to reports.