Chelsea Confirm Permanent Signing of Mateo Kovacic on 5-Year Deal

Chelsea Kovacic

Kovacic's loan spell last season was vital in ensuring a deal could be done

CHELSEA are set to complete the signing of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid today.

However, Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is not expected to secure a permanent deal to Stamford Bridge after a successful loan spell at the club last season.

Madrid have now received over 100m euros from player sales in this transfer window, following the 40m euros that Atletico Madrid paid for Marcos Llorente and AC Milan's 20m euro capture of Theo Hernandez.

Selling the Croatia global also enables Real Madrid to recoup some of the money they paid Chelsea to sign Eden Hazard, who swapped Stamford Bridge for Bernabeu earlier this month in a deal worth up to £130m.

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"I am very happy to be staying here and very proud to be a Chelsea player".

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia also spoke to Chelsea FC about the 25-year-old's permanent move.

"Mateo proved what an accomplished player he is during his season on loan with us", she said.

Kovacic told Chelsea's website: "I really enjoyed my season on loan with Chelsea".

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They may be the only incomings at Stamford Bridge for the foreseeable future, although Chelsea have lodged an appeal against their transfer ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

However, Kovacic was already registered having spent last term in west London.

The likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori are likely to feature regularly for Chelsea next season, especially as the latter two spent last season on loan with Derby where Lampard now manages.

"The club wishes to thank Kovacic for these years of commitment, professionalism and exemplary behaviour, and wishes him good luck in his next step".

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