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Chelsea looking to add buying option in loan deal for Mateo Kovacic — report

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As it is often the case, Chelsea have left all of their business to be done in the final days of the summer transfer window. And so the negotiations between Chelsea and Real Madrid over the acquisition of midfielder Mateo Kovacic by the Blues have been in full motion, with the Londoners keen on adding a buying option to the loan deal as per a report from Goal.com.

Madrid wanted to “sweeten” the Thibaut Courtois-to-Santiago Bernabéu deal with Kovacic, and it looks like Chelsea took the bait. But while the Spaniards want to retain Kovacic’s services once the season-long loan comes to an end, the Blues think otherwise in a deal akin to what Italian clubs accomplish several times in their transfer dealings.

Of course, Madrid can set a clause so ludicrous that Chelsea will never have a chance of activating it. Still, said clause makes a lot of sense if Kovavic ends up being a success for us under Maurizio Sarri’s system, as he is ought to be given his proven quality despite not being a regular starter for Real Madrid.