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Chelsea are set to wrap up the permanent transfer of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid with the cost of the transfer believed to be around £40million.
Kovacic spent last season on loan at Chelsea as part of the deal that took Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid and he was an important player for Maurizio Sarri.
Signing Kovacic permanently is definitely good news for incoming Chelsea boss Frank Lampard as it means he will have another option in midfield but the signing will be bad news for some Chelsea players.
Here are 3 players that could be affect by Chelsea’s permanent signing of Kovacic:
1 Tiemoue Bakayoko
The France international struggled in his first season at Chelsea after arriving from Monaco in the French Ligue 1. Bakayoko joined AC Milan on loan last summer and become an important player in the team after a rocky start at the Italian club.
Bakayoko had hoped AC Milan will make his loan deal permanent but the Italian club opted against that due to financial reasons. Bakayoko will return to Chelsea and fight for his place but the signing of Kovacic means the France international will need to work harder during preseason.
2. Danny Drinkwater
Danny Drinkwater didn’t play a single competitive match for Chelsea last season as Maurizio Sarri believed he wasn’t suited to play in his system. Drinkwater will have to prove himself to Lampard during preseason and with Kovacic making his Chelsea stay permanent, Drinkwater has a difficult task of proving he’s a better player than the Croatian midfielder. Good luck on that, Danny.
With Maurizio Sarri leaving Chelsea for Juventus, many are concerned it might affect Jorginho’s importance to the team. Sarri moved Kante to an advanced position in midfield to accommodate Jorginho in the holding midfield position but Lampard is expected to play Kante in his more natural defensive midfield position.
Lampard is expected to bring his own system and Kante is the only midfielder certain of a place in Chelsea’s midfield next season.
Jorginho is a quality player but he might not get it all his own way next season in terms of playing time and he will have to fight with Kovacic for place in Chelsea’s midfield next season.