Chelsea in the battle to sign 18-year-old technically gifted attacker

Premier League giants Chelsea and Man City are both tracking Dinamo Zagreb forward Antonio Marin. La Liga side Villarreal are also keeping track of the youngster’s development. The report adds that Citizens started to cast their eye on U21 Croatia international after his great display in the UEFA youth league with Manchester outfit last week.

Antonio bagged an assist in the 2-2 draw. He is contracted to the Croatian club until 2024. Marin already has some valuable first-team experience under his belt, the ace broke into Zagreb’s first-team last campaign, and he’s already made four appearances this term.

The 18-year-old attacker has two caps for Croatia’s Under-21s and over 40 caps for his country’s younger youth sides, everything points to Marin being a star for the future. Blues could be the best place for his development if he decides to leave his homeland.

The London club have legend Frank Lampard at the helm, and he isn’t afraid to give youth an opportunity. Croatian starlet could also refresh Chelsea’s squad, veteran wingers Pedro and Willian are approaching the final years of their career, and the Blues will be looking for talented stars to compete with Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic.

Even if the ace struggles to break into Blues first-team, he’s likely to get the opportunity to feature for top English clubs on loan. The London club are great at ensuring that talented youngsters secure a career at the top level. Marin has a vast potential and can become a top-class winger if he continuous improvement.