Chelsea are keeping a close eye on promising Romanian attacker Nicolae Stanciu according to The Mirror, with scope for a £6 million move for the playmaker being touted.

The 23-year-old shot himself into the gaze of foreign scouts by scoring 14 goals and providing 11 assists for club Steaua Bucharest in 2015-16.

Stanciu also featured in Romania’s unsuccessful Euro 2016 campaign but has started 2016-17 well by scoring twice in the Champions League qualifying rounds in midweek.

Versatile enough to play in the number ten role or as a winger, the Romanian could well be a shrewd acquisition as Antonio Conte looks to hone the West London club’s squad.

Four goals in seven international caps show his ability to hit the net, while Stanciu has averaged a goal in less than every four club games he has played.

In reality, should the prodigious playmaker move to Stamford Bridge, first-team football may well be something of a commodity.

With a host of attacking midfield talent at the Blues’ disposal, the Romania international could find himself as a squad player and behind the likes of Willian, Oscar and Eden Hazard in the pecking order.

Chelsea have a considerable recent record of signing gifted young players and sending them out on loan elsewhere, with potential for this to happen to Stanciu should be join Conte’s men.


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