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Chelsea given seven-day deadline to complete Mateo Kovacic transfer

Mateo Kovacic wants to stay at Chelsea (Picture: Getty) Chelsea are yet to speak to Mateo Kovacic over his future at Stamford Bridge and the Blues have just seven days left to decide whether to keep the Croatian midfielder. The Real Madrid star joined Chelsea on a season-long loan last summer and was a regular under Maurizio Sarri. Despite an impending two-window transfer ban, Chelsea have the option of signing Kovacic as he’s already a registered player at the club. However, they must do so by July 1st and Goal claim Chelsea are yet to make a decision over the midfielder’s future. Real Madrid want to sell Kovacic to raise funds (Picture: Getty) The Blues can sign Kovacic, extend his loan or allow him to return to Madrid. Zinedine Zidane deems the midfielder to be surplus to requirements and has his sights set on Manchester United ace Paul Pogba this summer. More: Chelsea FCChelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi posts positive injury update on road back from surgeryHarry Redknapp predicts who will win the Champions League next seasonFormer Liverpool and Chelsea man Fernando Torres picks best player he ever played with But it remains to be seen whether Frank Lampard, who is expected to be named Chelsea boss in the coming days, wants to keep Kovacic. Kovacic, for his part, wants to remain with the club and enjoyed his debut campaign in the English capital. Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s absence could convince Chelsea to keep Kovacic, especially given the impending transfer ban. The England international sustained an Achilles injury before the Europa League final and is unlikely to feature for the club again until November. Chelsea face Manchester United at Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the season before facing Liverpool in the Super Cup. MORE: Rafael Benitez had ‘no idea’ Newcastle United were about to confirm departure from club  ...


Published By: Metro - Monday, 24 June

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