Chelsea are ready to finalize a €45 million deal with Real Madrid for the transfer of Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic, according to a report from MARCA. The transfer could become official today, per that same report.
The London-based club received a transfer ban for this transfer window but they will be able to sign Kovacic given that the Croatian player was already registered as a Chelsea player in UEFA and the Premier League after spending the 2018-19 with the Blues on a loan deal.
Kovacic decided to leave Real Madrid last summer. He wanted to be a starter and couldn’t get that kind of role with Modric and Kroos ahead of him in the rotation, so he ultimately forced his way out of the club. Real Madrid paid €38 million to sign Kovacic away from Inter back in 2015, so they will still get some profit.
Kovacic’s has good potential to become a quality midfielder but might not be as promising as Real Madrid thought he’d be when they signed him four years ago, that being the primary reason why Los Blancos are selling him.
Ultimately, €45 million for a player who just doesn’t want to play for Real Madrid is a solid deal for Los Blancos. They took a chance on Kovacic’s future and still made a profit five years later. Now it’s time to spend that money on another midfielder.