Chievo Verona have bolstered their goalkeeping department ahead of their opening game against champions Juventus with the signing of 20-year old goalkeeper Adrian Šemper, on loan from Dinamo Zagreb.
The deal also includes an option to buy should the goalkeeper impress the regime at Chievo.
Šemper had previously drawn the attention of Chelsea who had offered £3.1million for the goalkeeper in January 2016, just a few days after he had turned 18, but Dinamo turned down the offer.
Šemper, 19, joins the Verona side as the ‘The Flying Donkeys’ continue their attempts to lower the average age of the squad.
The goalkeeper is an Under-19s international for World Cup finalists Croatia and spent last year on loan at NK Lokomotiva, who are also based in Zagreb.
During his time with the two Zagreb clubs he picked a total of 45 appearances in the Croatian First Division and he also has two Champions League appearances under his belt including one against Chievo’s opening day opponents Juventus.
Šemper will wear the number one shirt for the coming season but will likely be behind 39-year old Stefano Sorrentino who is currently in his second spell with the club and played in every league game for Chievo in the previous campaign.