Chelsea have reportedly agreed a deal with Real Madrid for Mateo Kovacic.
Marca in Spain are reporting that Chelsea have decided to extend Kovacic’s loan and make it a permanent one. Chelsea are set to pay €50m to Real Madrid to bring in the Croatian on a five year deal.
Kovacic joined Real Madrid from Inter Milan a few years back but the high level of competition at Madrid involving Modric, Kroos and Casemiro meant that Kovacic was falling short of play time.
The highly talented Croatian was left frustrated at the Spanish capital and found a way out last season when Chelsea decided to loan him for a season. Kovacic went on to make 51 appearances for the Blues as he became a mainstay in the midfield alongside Kante and Jorginho in Maurizio Sarri’s midfield.
Chelsea have till the 30th of June to switch the loan deal into a permanent one and it seems like they have exercised their option to do so. The Blues have a transfer ban and it means Kovacic is the only transfer they can make permanent as he had already been registered on the Blues roster.
With Frank Lampard yet to be appointed, are Chelsea once again leaving out the manager from major transfer decisions.