Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri made just two key signings during the summer, as he ensured the club sign Jorginho from Napoli for a fee of £57m, and also brought in Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic on loan from Real Madrid.
Kovacic has been an important player for Sarri, and the Croatian has featured in 40 games for the Blues this season, with 28 of those games coming in the Premier League.
Kovacic is yet to score his first goal for Chelsea, but Sarri has been impressed with the 24-year-old and has admitted he wants the club to sign him on a permanent deal.
When asked whether he wanted to enter the market for another midfielder this summer, as Chelsea attempt to overturn a two-window transfer ban when their appeal is heard by FIFA this Thursday, Sarri said: “No, I want to try with Kovacic.
“He is only on loan, of course, but I’d like very much that Kovacic will stay with us. You know very well that, in that position, we have some problems because we have only Jorginho.
“In my opinion, Kovacic could become a very good central midfielder. Of course, he is not a defensive midfielder (at the moment) but, as you know, in that position I prefer a very technical player.
“In the last match, Jorginho touched 161 balls. So, for us, it’s very important for us to have big quality in that position. Big quality not for the last pass, but big quality in terms of moving the ball.”
According to reports, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want Kovacic back to the club as the 24-year-old isn’t in his plans for next season, and Chelsea have the option to sign Kovacic permanently, having joined from the Los Blancos on a season-long loan deal.