Almost a year to the day, Croatian international Andrej Kramarić rejected Chelsea to join Leicester City in a club record £9 million move.
Naturally there was surprise when Kramaric made his choice, but clearly the thought of first team football was a big draw.
Things haven’t quite gone to plan.
While Leicester’s 2015/16 season couldn’t get any better, Kramaric is struggling to get game time in a team that Ranieri is rightfully reluctant to tinker with (who’d have thought!).
The Croat has managed just 2 substitute appearances this season for The Foxes.
Now Ranieri has stated that he wouldn’t stop Kramaric leaving on loan with Euro 2016 just around the corner.
Ranieri said: “I spoke with him and if he wants to say I will be very happy, because I think he is a fantastic striker, who scores goals. But in my team it is difficult because I prefer Leonardo Ulloa, Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki as the three strikers.”
Croatia will feature in Group D of Euro 2016 alongside Spain, Turkey and Czech Republic.
The Croats have every chance of getting out of the group and Kramaric is obviously keen to play a part.
With Chelsea looking for forward options given they currently have a battered, bruised and paper thin front line, would Kramaric on loan be an option for Chelsea?
I know many Chelsea would despise the idea of taking a Leicester City striker on loan – it looks desperate. But my thinking is one of squad depth.
We certainly need at least one striker in the transfer window.
Diego Costa is injury prone.
Remy is injury prone, too injury prone as a backup striker.
Falcao, let’s not even go there.
For a fraction of Falcao’s wages say, we could have a striker on loan that we were pursuing and hoping to sign under Mourinho only 12 months ago.
Is there really a great difference? Yes he may not be match fit, but there’s a chance Kramaric could offer a different option.
While there’s no hint that this deal could happen, I certainly think it’s viable and worth exploring.