REAL MADRID have agreed to let midfielder Mateo Kovacic join Chelsea on loan, according to reports.
Chelsea are accelerating their transfer plans with less than 48 hours to go and want Real Madrid’s Kovacic to be their third arrival of a turbulent summer.
The Blues appointed Maurizio Sarri as manager three weeks ago and the Italian then moved swiftly to sign Jorginho.
Since then, Chelsea have agreed a deal for Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa, whose imminent move to Stamford Bridge is expected to see Thibaut Courtois move to Real Madrid.
And Spanish newspaper El Pais claim Los Blancos have reluctantly agreed to let Kovacic jump ship to west London.
However, they have reportedly used a sly tactic to try and convince the former Inter Milan star to stay.
Real have endured a rocky summer, losing Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus and failing to land a 50-goal-a-season replacement.
And, in order to avoid losing Kovacic as well, El Pais claim Bernabeu chiefs asked for a helping hand from Luka Modric.
Modric is close to his compatriot. It was he who, back in 2015, urged Florentino Perez to sign Kovacic from Inter.
Perez reportedly enlisted the help of the 23-year-old in a bid to get Kovacic to change his mind on a Bernabeu exit.
Kovcacic is reporedly ‘overwhelmed’ by the competition he faces to get into Julen Lopetegui’s side.
And, with Kovacic pinning his lack of World Cup minutes on his failure to nail down a starting spot, a new challenge in the Premier League now beckons.
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Honours: Prva HNL 2010–11, 2011–12
Croatian Cup 2010–11, 2011–12
La Liga 2016–17
Supercopa de España 2017
UEFA Champions League 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
UEFA Super Cup 2016, 2017
FIFA Club World Cup 2016, 2017