Kovacic set for permanent Bridge stay

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Chelsea are reportedly positive about their chances of signing Mateo Kovacic permanently.

Chelsea are reportedly positive about their chances of signing Mateo Kovacic permanently.

The Croat spent last term on loan at Stamford Bridge from Real Madrid, making 51 appearances as the Blues finished third in the table and won the Europa League.

Kovacic’s performance against Arsenal in that European final was arguably his best showing for the club but looked set to be his final outing.

However, sources in Madrid says Los Blancos are willing to sell and Chelsea could buy him due to a possible loophole in their current transfer ban.

While they cannot purchase new players, the Blues hold the 25-year-old’s registration and are hopeful that FIFA will recognise the anomaly and let them proceed with negotiations.

Sources in Spain say a fee of 55million euros is thought to have been agreed between the clubs although the player’s wishes could provide a snag.

The former Dinamo Zagreb midfielder favours a move back to Inter Milan, for whom he played between 2013 and 2015, but Real may block that possibility due to doubts over whether or not the Nerazzurri will be able to match their valuation.

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