Chelsea are willing to tie up the deal for Mateo Kovacic ahead of this summer’s transfer window with the Metro Sport reporting that the Blues may have to pay £32 million for the Real Madrid midfielder.
Kovacic has spent the entire season on loan at Chelsea, playing a key role for Maurizio Sarri in a three-man midfield that also often had Jorginho and N’Golo Kante playing in it.
Kovacic battled with Ruben Loftus-Cheek for a spot alongside the former two, and with the England international ruled out for almost a year after tearing his Achilles tendon while on a club friendly in the USA, Chelsea now want to sign the Croatia star.
The permanent deal for Kovacic will not be hampered by the FIFA ban that prevents Chelsea from signing players for the next two transfer windows as the report by Telegraph suggests, the Blues can still sign players still on loan at the club.
Kovacic played 32 times in the Premier League for Chelsea in his loan stint in London and hopes to command a regular spot wherever he plays next season.