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Two weeks after Udinese, Chelsea also confirm transfer of young striker

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On June 15, Udinese announced the permanent transfer of young Croatian striker Stipe Perica, who had been on loan from Chelsea the previous 18 months.  On June 27, Chelsea have finally followed suit as well.

An agreement has been reached for the permanent transfer of Croatia Under-21 international Stipe Perica to Udinese.

-source: Chelsea FC

As with most transfers, the official transfer fee is "undisclosed", but previous reports put it around €4m.  A decent profit (€1.5m) to show on the books for a kid just a week shy of his 21st birthday and who never once touched a ball for Chelsea.

Perica becomes the first player to be sold this summer, and the first to officially leave on a non-loan transfer.  He will soon be joined by the trio of Marco Amelia, Kevin Wright, and Tika Musonda, who will see their contracts expire in three days.  John Swift and Ola Aina have just as long to agree to the extensions that they had been offered.

In any case, best of luck to Perica; may he find a bit more consistent playing time in Udine now that he's there permanently.

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