Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Mateo Kovačić from Real Madrid on a permanent basis and by doing so, they’ve managed to beat the deadline with a transfer ban looming over their heads, according to Matt Law of The Telegraph.
The Croatia international spent the 2018/19 season on loan at Stamford Bridge and he was scheduled to return to Madrid at the end of this week, and had that happened, the ban would have prevented Chelsea from keeping him. They have therefore pushed hard to speed things up and managed to agree the deal on Wednesday night.
It had been reported on more than one occasion that the Europa League winners were keen on the deal, but the departure of Maurizio Sarri from the position of manager and the likely appointment of Frank Lampard in his place had put the matter in some doubt.
The Londoners haven’t revealed the size of the fee they will be paying for the midfielder’s services, but Law quotes Spanish sources who are reporting a sum in the region of £40 million.
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