Chelsea are set to make Mateo Kovacic's loan deal from Real Madrid permanent after striking an agreement with the La Liga outfit worth in the region of
With Chelsea currently under a two-window transfer ban, Kovacic offered the side the only big name signing available to them, due to a loophole in his loan deal meaning a permanent move falls outside the boundaries of the club's ban.
He experienced a mixed season at Stamford Bridge, registering just two assists in 51 appearances. Many fans were unhappy with his perceived lack of goal threat, made more clear when featuring in a three man midfield alongside N'Golo Kante and Jorginho.
Maurizio Sarri left his post in west London to return to his native Italy where he has taken the reins at Juventus, leaving Kovacic's future uncertain.
However, with Frank Lampard widely expected to take over at the club, it remains to be seen whether the decision to sign the midfielder was one from the club's hierarchy, or a demand from the incoming Blues legend.