Mateo Kovacic will join Chelsea on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid as part of the deal that sees Thibaut Courtois move to the Spanish capital
Mateo Kovaci arrives at Stamford Bridge hoping for more regular first-team opportunities after three years spent on the fringes of Madrid’s starting XI.
Kovacic joined Madrid from Inter Milan for £27 million in the summer of 2015 and was part of the team that claimed three Champions League titles in four seasons, as well as winning La Liga in 2017
Speaking last week, new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri revealed that he still wanted one more midfielder to round out his squad before the deadline.
“I talk with the club about the market but only one or maybe two times, not more,” he said. “I spoke about positions and characteristics but no names. So, I don’t know. I think we need something, but maybe only a player.
“We have very good midfielders, but maybe a midfielder with different characteristics [would be a good fit].”