According to Spanish newspaper Marca and several other sources, Mateo Kovacic’s season-long loan deal with Chelsea will not have a buying option.
It is not the arrangement expected by Chelsea, as they were hoping to include a clause in the deal that could make Kovacic’s stay a permanent one — inspired by the deals we see so often in Italy’s Serie A. However, the 24-year-old midfielder is still highly valued by Real Madrid’s brass and they do not want to lose him, even though he may have pushed for a permanent move instead of a temporary one.
There is one good aspect in this situation. As Ruben Loftus-Cheek seems set to stay at the Bridge this season and potentially fight over Kovacic for minutes on the pitch, his path towards a starting spot — be it this season or in the next one — would not be blocked by the Croatian arriving in a permanent switch.
And there is a good chance that Kovacic’s success and good rapport with the fans will have him making a push to stay in definitive at the Bridge. It will certainly cost us a lot, but it could be worth it if he matches talents with success on the English fields.