Date: 29th July 2016 at 3:48pm
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Chelsea have reportedly beaten FC Barcelona to the signing of highly-rated of Polish goalkeeper Marcin Bulka, according to Przeglad Sportowy (via Soccerlens).

The Premier League side, who could only finish tenth in the English top-flight standings last term following their thoroughly disappointing defence of their 2015/16 title, have recruited the FCB Escola shot stopper.

Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

New Chelsea boss Conte – Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

The 16-year-old, who was also a transfer target for La Liga giants Barcelona, was wanted by the Blues as soon as possible so the ‘keeper could join his new teammates on their pre-season tour of the US.

Bulka, who was highly-rated and wanted by Chelsea’s goalkeeping coach Henrique Hilario, was understood to have flown over to England on Thursday ahead of putting pen to paper on a contract with the Stamford Bridge outfit.

Chelsea, who host West Ham United in their 2016/17 Premier League opener on Monday, August 15 (20:00), have already completed deals for Belgium international striker Michy Batshuayi from Marseille and Leicester City’s title-winning midfielder N’Golo Kante under new Blues boss Antonio Conte this summer.

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