Mateo Kovacic will become Chelsea player in the next hours officially. Real Madrid and the Blues team have agreed a deal for €45M for the Croatian midfielder, who already played in Southwest London last season on loan. All parties can be happy with this deal.
The footballer wanted to leave Real Madrid looking for more minutes. Even if he won three Champions League with Los Blancos, he wanted to play more and Chelsea was a good option for him. Kovacic was an important player during the golden era, but he was never an essential footballer in the line-up, usually playing coming from the bench.
Los Blancos made a good deal as well. They signed him in 2015 for €35M from Inter Milan. He was a very young and promising attacking midfielder, and he was successful in his three years at Bernabéu. However, he played around 20 games per season, averaging a bit more of 1000 minutes. Therefore, they get money out of Kovacic and good performances in three season.
And also Chelsea can be happy. They were banned to sign any new player during this transfer window. However, Kovacic was already included in the English Federation, so he can play without any problem with The Blues. Besides, Kovacic was an important player with Sarri, playing 32 games in the Premier League and enjoying 1743 minutes, apart from winning the Europa League. Now with Frank Lampard should be a key player in the midfield together with Kanté.
Kovacic was signed as ´the new Luka Modric´, but his level is far from his national team mate. He´s still quite young to improve his performances, but he had never showed a similar level, although he could have been an important player in the squad, especially because Real Madrid need replacements for Kroos and Modric. Maybe the next one leaving the club is Dani Ceballos, a similar player.