Journalist Simon Phillips has told GiveMeSport that Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is already a massive fan of Celtic full-back Josip Juranovic.

The Blues have been linked with a move for the 27-year-old after a string of impressive performances at the World Cup for Croatia, with a potential deal being available for around £15m.

Juranovic starred in particular in the quarter-final victory against Brazil, where he certainly won the battle against sensational winger Vinicius Jr.

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His pace was determined to be a real asset of his game, as he played a crucial role in his country recording another top three finish at the World Cup.

Predictably, these performances have seen him linked with a move to a top side, with him currently playing for Scottish Champions-elect Celtic.

Chelsea are reportedly one of those sides, with them being linked with options to deputise Reece James in defence.

Boehly a fan of Juranovic

Phillips has claimed that Boehly has already seemingly been convinced about Juranovic.

He said: “Chelsea’s new owners like him already and they know about him.

“When it comes to signing a back-up option or competition for Reece James, I do expect his name to come back up.”

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The difficulty the Blues are likely to face in signing a right-back is the sensational ability of the 22-year-old who currently occupies the position.

They have previously been linked to a deal to sign Inter Milan’s Denzel Dumfries, who took the World Cup as an opportunity to prove his worth to any potential suitors.

Despite James’ injury problems of late, he will no doubt be back to being first choice when he returns, which he will be hoping will be when the Blues return to Premier League action in just over a week’s time.

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