The Blues have stepped up their interest in the Partizan Belgrade youngster with a reported fee of £14 million expected to scare off competition from the Merseyside club
The Serbian youngster has made only 16 appearances for Partizan, scoring six goals, and has been capped for his country at U-17 and U-19 levels.
It is understood that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has already sent his agents to seal the signing.
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