Chelsea have signed Finnish winger jimi Tauriainen, after the teenager turned down a move to Serie A.
The 16 year old has signed a three year contract at Stamford Bridge, and will move to West London in the summer.
Tauriainen has been watched closely by a number of European clubs over the past year, and had trials with both Juventus and Inter Milan. He was also invited to train with a number of German and other English clubs, but has now settled on Chelsea.
The winger, whose father Paul is a former Finland international, will move from HJK Helsinki at the end of the season. Football runs in the family – his brother Julius plays for Bundesliga side Freiburg.
The youngster first came to prominence last year at the Gallini World Cup in Budapest. Then he was named player of the tournament, and scored two goals in the final, helping his side HJK04 to victory. He has also netted four times in six appearances for Finland under-16s.
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