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Chelsea are having second thoughts over a permanent deal for Mateo Kovacic, according to Standard Sport.
Chelsea can sign Kovacic on a permanent basis this summer from Real Madrid despite the transfer ban imposed on the club by FIFA.
Kovacic is already registered with the Chelsea squad and won’t be considered a new addition by FIFA if he stays on.
The Blues are reportedly having second thoughts over a permanent deal for Kovacic with Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri on the verge of joining Juventus.
Kovacic was a regular under Sarri last season with the Croatian international making a total of 51 appearances in all competitions and Sarri was keen for the 25-year-old to remain at the club next season but the deal is in doubt now the Italian is heading to Juventus.
Chelsea are also reluctant of pursuing a permanent deal for Kovacic because the Blues aren’t sure who Sarri’s replacement will be and whether he’d want the player in his squad.
The Blues must make a decision on Kovacic before the end of this month because his registration will return to Real Madrid in July.
Standard Sport claim Inter Milan, where Kovacic played between 2013-15, have become aware of Chelsea’s hesitation and have opened talks with Real to buy him back.
Real Madrid have reportedly placed a £50m valuation on Kovacic.