The agent of Hamburg attacker Jann-Fiete Arp has spoken out amid speculation that Chelsea are poised to sign the youngster.
Arp only made his first-team debut for Hamburg in September but the promising 17-year-old forward has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge since last summer.
Reports suggest Antonio Conte’s Premier League champions are close to beating both Arsenal and Manchester City to Arp’s signature, but his agent has strongly denied the rumours.
‘This story has nothing in it,’ Jurgen Milewski told German outlet Bild.
Despite Milewski’s claims, it’s understood Chelsea have been keeping close tabs on Arp’s performances in the Bundesliga this season.
The young striker has impressed in his debut campaign, scoring two goals in his opening five appearances for Hamburg.
Chelsea have been alerted to Arp as a result of the teenager’s goalscoring exploits for Germany’s Under-17 side after 18 goals in 19 matches at this level.
Asked about Arp earlier in the season, Hamburg chief Heribert Bruchhaged ruled out a departure, telling Bild: ‘He will stay with us.
‘His advisor Jürgen Milewski has promised me and sporting director Jens Todt. He will develop with us.’