Serbian teenager Marko Grujic claims Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic has told him the Premier League champions are keen to bring him to Stamford Bridge.
Grujic, 19, is a product of Red Star Belgrade's youth academy and the midfielder has already caught the attention of a number of Europe's elite clubs. According to the Guardian, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain also hold strong interest in the youngster with United reportedly deploying scouts on a regular to monitor his progress for his club.
Following those reports which suggested Chelsea are now favourites to sign the highly-rated teenager, Grujic himself says his compatriot Matic has told him he could soon join be joining him at the west London club.
Speaking to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Grujic said: "Nemanja Matic is a friend, he plays for Serbia and has played for Chelsea for over a year. He tells me they want me."
Chelsea and United could also face competition from Serie A, however, with Inter Milan keen to enlist the young midfielder. Grujic himself has indicated he may also favour a move to the Nerazzurri after being contacted by former Serbia international and current Inter assistant coach Dejan Stankovic.
"He [Stankovic] called me three weeks ago and Tuesday we will talk after the game against Slovenia. He told me to continue like this because Inter are following me," Grujic told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "At the end of the season I will go to Milan to talk to them [Inter]. It is a possible destination."
Should Grujic opt for Chelsea, he is likely to be immediately be loaned out by the Premier League champions. In the past 18 months, Croatian midfielder Mario Pasalic, Brazilian attacker Nathan and another Serbian in Danilo Pantic are among those to have all signed for the club before immediately leaving on temporary loan deals.