Chelsea are close to adding to their list of future prospects as it was confirmed by Polish media outlet Przeglad Sportowy that 17-year-old goalkeeper Marcin Bulka was close to agreeing a deal with the Stamford Bridge side.
The youngster has spent five years at the Polish football academy, which is believed to be modeled on the Barcelona youth academy and is thought to have trained with the Chelsea squad in April. Contracts between Chelsea and Bulka’s current club FCB Escola Varsovia were reportedly signed yesterday.
According to the Polish reports, Chelsea goalkeeper coach Hilario has urged Chelsea to complete their latest signing as soon as possible so Bułka can link up with his new teammates on their pre-season tour of the USA.
The youngster travelled to London on Thursday in order to sign a long-term contract at Stamford Bridge. Manager Antonio Conte is keen to plan for the future at Chelsea, and the signing of the highly-rated ‘keeper is a signal of that intention.
The Blues will kick off their Premier League season against West Ham on Monday August 15 at 8pm.
But before that, they can look forward to high-profile showdowns with both Real Madrid and AC Milan Stateside.
Conte will be looking to rebuild a Chelsea team that finished the season well below expectations, failing to win any trophies and missing out on European competition, thanks to the collapse of faith from players in then Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
The former Blues coach will be looking to rebuild his reputation at one of his former clubs bitter rivals Manchester United.