Chelsea’s next big star identified, Conte ready to sign Romanian sensation at any cost!

Sankha Ghosh / 05 August 2016

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte keen to bid for Steaua Bucharest star Nicolae Stanciu.

The Romanian international is attracting interest from the west Londoners and The Mirror claim Chelsea are weighing up a move for him.

Stanciu impressed for Romania at Euro 2016 despite failing to help his country advance from the group stages.

He scored 14 goals and made 11 assists last season and he has already got his goalscoring tally underway for this season having scored on the opening day of the Romanian League on Sunday.

Stanciu also scored twice for Bucharest in their Champions League qualifier against Sparta Prague on Wednesday during their 2-0 win over the Czech outfit.

Stanciu, who turned 23 in May, is in some ways a late bloomer at the top level.

And his impressive form has alerted the Blues with Antonio Conte still on the lookout for further attacking reinforcements.

He has already signed Michy Batshuayi and N’Golo Kante but Stanciu could be a cheap addition at around £6m.

The 23-year-old plays predominantly as an attacking midfielder but can also be deployed on either wing.

He has been superb for Steaua, peaking last season when, having been handed the No. 10 shirt, he scored 12 league goals.

Stanciu can play on either flank but is most comfortable when handed a roaming role starting centrally and has breathed new life into Romania’s attack since winning his first cap – which, remarkably, only came in March.

Four goals in five games, including pre-tournament strikes against Ukraine and Georgia, have virtually guaranteed him a starting spot but most eye-catching of all is his style – diminutive, almost stocky, all quick feet and close control and a genuine threat from long range.