Chelsea reportedly have the option to sign Matteo Kovacic permanently from Real Madrid for £32m this summer.
The Blues have been hit with a transfer embargo, preventing them from signing any players for the next two windows. But the Telegraph claims that Kovacic’s deal will not be in violation of FIFA’s ban.
Chelsea supposedly can sign players who are currently associated with the club, even on loan. That means, Gonzalo Higuain can also be recalled for another term if Maurizio Sarri demands for it.
The real question lies in whether the club should opt for Kovacic’s trade. Chelsea just got handed a major blow after it got revealed that Ruben Loftus-Cheek will miss almost the entire 2019/20 campaign due to an Achilles tear.
The Englishman was being vetted to be a key part of the midfield trio and he was even making giant strides in the right direction. Now, Sarri has only Ross Barkley and Kovacic to field in the central midfield post next to regulars, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho.
Kovacic has done well during the time he has been allowed to feature for the Blues this season. The 25-year-old has combined well with Eden Hazard on the left flank and has also brought a natural flow to Sarri’s heavy passing system.
It is a good sign that Chelsea have been given the green light to sign him after this season. With both Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi injured, the South West Londoners have seen their midfield numbers get reduced by a worrying amount.