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Chelsea are set to sign on-loan midfielder Mateo Kovacic despite the club's looming transfer ban.
Chelsea have reached an agreement with Real Madrid over the permanent transfer of the Croatian.
The Blues will pay a reported €50 million (£45 million) to acquire his services.
#Kovacic will stay at @ChelseaFC: agreement with @realmadrid for a permanent deal, €50M (bonus included) @SkySport @SkySportsPL @SkySportsNews
- Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) June 26, 2019
Even though Chelsea face a two-window transfer ban, they're able to sign Kovacic permanently as he's currently registered with the club until his loan officially expires.
Chelsea snapping up Kovacic on a permanent deal is a no-brainer. The club could be slapped with a transfer ban and they're without Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who suffered a ruptured Achilles during a friendly against New England Revolution days before the Europa League final.
Kovacic was drafted in by then-manager Maurizio Sarri and he played 51 games in all competitions last season, including 32 appearances in the Premier League.
Of course, Sarri left Chelsea for Juventus. Frank Lampard is expected to fill the managerial void and his former teammate John Terry believes he's the right man for the job.
John Terry on Lampard 'After the season he has had with Derby and with #Chelsea's transfer ban in place, there is no-one better equipped than Frank to succeed at Chelsea. It is perfect timing for him and the club' #CFC pic.twitter.com/2Qs5CA2317- The Blues (@TheBlues___) June 26, 2019
"It is perfect timing for him and the club," the ex-Chelsea captain said about Lampard.
"Lamps is a legend and now is the right time for him to come home.
"Having Frank in charge and the transfer ban will give young players throughout the academy belief that there is a genuine pathway into Chelsea's first team.
"After the season he has had with Derby and with Chelsea's transfer ban in place, there is no one better equipped than Frank to succeed at Chelsea."
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