EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea confident they’ve secured deal for brilliant young striker

TEAMtalk understands Chelsea are confident that they have already all but tied up a deal for Hamburg starlet Jann-Fiete Arp.

The 17-year-old striker is rated as one of the best prospects in the Bundesliga and has already made his first-team debut and scored. In fact Arp has scored two goals in three Bundesliga starts and he has been scouted by several European clubs.

He was offered the chance to move to Stamford Bridge in the summer, but he decided against the move as he wanted to gain more experience and Chelsea were happy to step back.

His agent has denied the interest from Chelsea and when asked about the talk he told Bild: “This story has nothing in it.”

However, Chelsea’s interest has never gone away and they have stayed in regular contact with Arp, and despite interest from rivals Manchester City and Arsenal the Premier League champions believe they have him all but secured.

The 1.84m centre-forward is contracted to Hamburg until June 2019 and has scored 15 goals in 17 games for Germany’s Under-17 side, including five in five appearances at the recent Under-17 World Cup in India.