Permanent Chelsea deal for Kovacic

CHELSEA have reached an agreement with Real Madrid over the permanent signing of Mateo Kovacic, according to Sky sources.

Despite Chelsea’s transfer ban, midfielder Kovacic can be signed because he is registered with the club following his loan spell last season.

That loan deal expires on June 30 – so Chelsea need to finalise the permanent deal before then. And, Chelsea have agreed a fee of 45 million euros (£40.25m) with Real for the Croatia international.

Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain was also on loan at Stamford Bridge last season but the Europa League winners are not expected to try and retain his services. Kovacic was a key member of the Europa League winning squad and the 25-year-old also made 32 appearances in the Premier League.

The serious injury suffered by Ruben Loftus-Cheek at the end of last season meant Chelsea would have been short of options in midfield if Kovacic had not been retained. – Eurosport

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