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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte closing in on Hamburg ace Jann-Fiete Arp

Teenage striker turned down move to Stamford Bridge in the summer but would seem to be more receptive now

Chelsea look set to complete a deal to sign Hamburg kid Jann-Fiete Arp after missing out on him in the summer.

Real Madrid and Juventus have also shown an interest in the past for the 17-year-old who has scored twice in the Bundesliga this season.

Hamburg’s Jann-Fiete Arp celebrates his goal against Stuttgart

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Hamburg’s Jann-Fiete Arp celebrates his goal against Stuttgart

Manchester City have also been on the prowl but it seems Antonio Conte will be taking the German striker on.

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Arp wasn’t so keen a move to Stamford Bridge three months ago when he said:

“It would have made no sense as a 17-year-old to go to Chelsea.

“You’ve barely achieved anything yet and have as good as no experience in professional football. The risk is just too great.

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The 17-year-old turned Chelsea down in the summer

But it looks as though he will sign on now

But it looks as though he will sign on now

“It would have been nonsense to go abroad now and leave everything else behind.”

Given Chelsea’s track record on deals like this it seems logical to assume that Arp will be loaned back to a club in his own country.

Arp didn’t score in Hamburg’s 3-0 win over Hoffenheim on the weekend.

But he played the full 90 minutes and once again impressed with his dangerous and hard running play.

Douglas Santos and Arp celebrate another Hamburg goal

Douglas Santos and Arp celebrate another Hamburg goal

Antonio Conte was a relieved man as Willian struck late to secure his side a point

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Antonio Conte finds Chelsea 11 points behind Manchester City

Interestingly, Arp insists the biggest influence on his career has been Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

He added: “This year has really gone extremely well for me. But I also know that I have to continue to work on myself and I really want to do that at HSV.”

Defending champions Chelsea, meanwhile, are 11 points behind Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

And Conte reckons the secret behind City’s flying success is simple – money.

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Conte, 48, said: “Manchester City’s path is incredible, no?

“I think Manchester City in this season is a strong team. Also last season, Manchester City was a fantastic team.

“Then, after the transfer market, they bought their first targets and then they have improved a lot.

“They can do this also in January maybe, in the future.

“For this reason we must be worried because if we want to compete with Manchester City we have to work and then make the best decisions in the transfer market.”

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