Chelsea Set To Make £9 Million Profit On Player Who Has Never Started
Chelsea are set to sell midfielder Mario Pasalic to Atalanta for £12 million - despite the Croatian midfielder never playing for the club.
Croatian midfielder Pasalic signed for 'The Blues' from Hajduk Split in 2014 in a deal worth roughly £3 million.
He hasn't played a first-team game in all that time and has had loan spells with Elche, Monaco, AC Milan, Spartak Moscow and currently Atalanta who will make his loan permanent per The Guardian.
He's made 29 appearances for the Serie A side this season and also helped them to Champions League qualification last season.
The 25-year-old signed a new deal with Chelsea last summer after his positive performances in Italy.
But it looks like he won't be returning to Stamford Bridge and will instead be remaining with Atalanta.
Atalanta have decided to trigger the permanent option in Mario Pasalic's deal. The Croatian will join La Dea outright from Chelsea this summer for a knockdown fee of €15m.- Vince:tm: (@Blue_Footy) February 14, 2020
Chelsea face off with Manchester United on Monday evening in a crucial top four battle.
'The Blues' announced they had completed the signing of Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech last week, and boss Frank Lampard thinks the Moroccan will 'excite' when he arrives in the summer.
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"I think he has an incredible left foot, he has an elegance about him that can find a pass", he said in a press conference per talkSPORT.
"I see a player that hopefully can have a big imprint on our team and the Premier League. At times this season we've missed the player with the finishing touch.
"Hopefully he can be a piece of that puzzle. He'll bring quality in terms of ability to make assists and score goals.
At times this season we've had a lot of the ball and haven't had that final bit. So hopefully he'll bring that bit of quality, crossing, passing, final pass, shooting and scoring.
"He'll have to fit into the way we want to work here, work off the ball and the energy on the ball. But hopefully the quality will be there for the fans to see."
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