With little over 24 hours left of the transfer window in England, it’s becoming harder for Premier League sides to secure those all-important last minute deals.
Over the last few years, most of the deadline day signings have turned out to be loans and one that has been done on the penultimate day will bring Mateo Kovacic to Chelsea just two days before the start of the Blues’ league campaign. The deal has sent Thibaut Courtois in the opposite direction for just £35 million.
Although it’s a promising signing for Maurizio Sarri’s side after such strong World Cup performances from the Croatian, there is one clause that is absent from the loan contract. It is reported that a year-long deal for Kovacic will not have an option-to-buy when the loan concludes at the end of the 2018/19 season. That does seem to go against the earlier reports which suggested that Chelsea would be able to secure their third summer signing on a permanent basis in 11 months time.
A fee of around €80 million was being discussed which doesn’t seem overly ridiculous for a player that showed his quality on the world stage and that is still a few years from his peak. Obviously, if Sarri finds that the 24-year-old is a perfect fit in his three-man midfield then a deal can be agreed but it may his price rise with consistency in one of Europe’s major top-flights.
The Real Madrid midfielder is expected to play alongside N’Golo Kante and Jorginho in the middle of the park which will provide Blues fans with the stability that they missed last term with Danny Drinkwater, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas all rotating next to the ex-Leicester star. The blow of Courtois leaving should be considerably softened on Thursday’s deadline as Kepa Arrizabalaga is expected to also arrive from Spain in a world record fee.