Mateo Kovacic: Chelsea set to hand the Croat permanent deal worth £45m

Mateo Kovacic: Chelsea set to hand the Croat permanent deal worth £45m

- Mateo Kovacic could seal a permanent deal with Chelsea this week

- The Croatian star played a huge role in the Blues Europa League triumph last season

- Chelsea will not be able to sign another player apart from Kovacic owing to their two transfer window ban

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Europa League champions Chelsea are reportedly close to handing Mateo Kovacic a permanent deal despite their two transfer windows ban.

The Blues were sanctioned by the world football governing body, FIFA after being found guilty of breaching transfer regulations regarding minors.

Though, they tried getting the ban rescinded, they lost the appeal and will not be able to sign any player until the summer of 2020.

However, they may be faced with a lot of problems having recently, lost their manager Maurizio Sarri to Juventus.

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While Eden Hazard completed his dream move to Real Madrid to start a new life in the Spanish League while he re-unites with Thibuat Courtois.

Metro UK however reported that Chelsea have agreed to cough out £45 million for the midfielder, who spent last season on loan at the London club.

The publication further stated that their ban does not stop them from singing both Kovacic and Gonzalo Higuain permanently with both stars currently registered with the club until their loans officially expire.

Kovacic is the only player new manager Frank Lampard will be allowed to sign and the club was said to have sought his consent on whether he wanted to bring in the midfielder.

Metro further stated that Chelsea and Real might reach an agreement on the player before this weekend, when his loan expires.

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The Croatian midfielder joined the Blues on a season long loan deal last summer under Maurizio Sarri and could seal a permanent deal one season after.

He made 44 appearances in the Premier League and the Europa League last season and assisted two goals in the process.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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