Chelsea have signed teenage Croatian midfielder Mario Pasalic from Hajduk Split for an undisclosed fee.
Pasalic was due to join up with Jose Mourinho's squad for their first pre-season training session after arriving at the Premier League club's Cobham head-quarters. The 19-year-old is regarded as a dynamic young talent and has already featured in his country's U-21 team.
He was also named in Croatia's provisional 30-man World Cup squad, but didn't make the final cut for the tournament in Brazil and has yet to make his senior international debut. "I am very happy because I am now a Chelsea player," Pasalic told Chelsea's website.
"I am very impressed by the training ground and I must thank everybody at Hajduk. This is now a new start in my career. I am a central midfielder, my favourite player is Frank Lampard, and so I am very happy to be a Chelsea player."
The German-born youngster came to Chelsea's attention after enjoying a fine first full season in senior football during 2013-14. He scored 11 times in 36 appearances in all competitions and helped Hajduk to a third-place finish in the Croatian league.