In a deal the Metro claim will be worth £45 million, Chelsea have reportedly agreed to sign on-loan midfielder Mateo Kovacic on a permanent transfer from Real Madrid.
For those wondering how Chelsea can do such a deal with the two-window transfer ban, the club can seemingly sign players on a permanent if they were already registered, which Kovacic is after a season on-loan.
Whether or not this was a deal going to happen regardless of the potential new manager’s approval is unknown, but if the rumours surrounding the impending appointment of Frank Lampard come to fruition, it would be hard to believe he didn’t give it a nod of approval.
Mateo Kovacic, 25, has been a mainstay in the Chelsea side under former manager Maurizio Sarri, making 51 appearances and assisting twice in the process.
The signing is good news for Chelsea considering they will want to continue their end of season momentum, potentially pushing on in the Champions League and top four race in the next campaign, but the move will throw doubt on young midfielder Mason Mount, who may have seen a spot available in the first team.

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