Chelsea complete the permanent signing of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid

Mateo Kovacic has sealed a permanent return to Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea have completed the permanent signing of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid in a deal worth a reported £40.3m, the La Liga club have confirmed.

The 25-year-old will return to Stamford Bridge after spending last season on loan and is likely to be the club’s only purchase this summer due to the 12-month transfer ban enforced by FIFA.

Chelsea mistakenly revealed that Kovacic had joined permanently at the weekend by publishing an interview with him on their official mobile app ‘The 5th Stand’.

Despite being unable to sign any new players due to the ban, Chelsea were able to buy Kovacic outright as he was registered to the club last season while on loan from Real Madrid.

Kovacic joined the Blues on a season-long loan deal on transfer deadline day last August and featured prominently under former boss Maurizio Sarri, playing 51 times in total.

The former Dinamo Zagreb and Inter Milan midfielder failed to score in any of his appearances for the club but did impress during Chelsea’s Europa League final win over Arsenal.

Kovacic won three Champions League titles during his time with Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)

Despite struggling to establish himself at Real Madrid, Kovacic enjoyed a hugely successful three-year spell in Spain, winning La Liga and three Champions League titles.

In total, Kovacic made 110 appearances for Real Madrid scoring three goals, but he has been moved on as the club look to balance the books following an expensive summer.

An official Real Madrid statement read: ‘Real Madrid CF and Chelsea FC have agreed to the transfer of player Mateo Kovacic.

‘The club wants to thank Kovacic for all these years of dedication, professionalism and exemplary behavior, and wishes him good luck in his new stage.’

Real have spent approximately £300m on new players already including £88m rising to a potential £135m on Eden Hazard from Chelsea.

Frank Lampard’s return to Chelsea is edging closer to completion, meanwhile, after Derby County gave him permission to miss the start of pre-season as negotiations continue.


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