Chelsea transfer blow as 28-goal striker will not be joining the Blues, club president confirms

Over the last decade or so, Chelsea have made a real effort to recruit as many talented youngsters as they came and have them develop in their youth ranks or expansive loan network before promoting them into the first-team or selling them on for a welcome profit.

The latest player the Blues were looking to add to their books was highly-rated German striker Jann-Fiete Arp.

Chelsea have been scouting the teenager for over six months and were readying a summer move for him, but according to the Mirror, who cite German source Bild, he will be staying at Hamburg this summer.

The talented 17-year-old striker scored 28 goals in 25 games for Hamburg’s youth sides this season, before scoring seven times at the European Under-17 Championship last month.

“He will stay with us. His advisor Jürgen Milewski has promised me and sporting director Jens Todt,” Hamburg president Heribert Bruchhagen told Bild.

“He will develop with us. It is no secret, he is a great talent, and we must keep him with us. He can be a great player.”

Chelsea have allowed one developmental striker leave already this summer with Dominic Solanke joining Liverpool, and it appears the club are eager to replace him.

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