While the hierarchy at Chelsea are still waiting for the final verdict on their possible transfer ban this summer, the Blues remain unsure about whether they should bring Mateo Kovačić back to Stamford Bridge on a permanent deal, the Evening Standard report. His loan deal is coming to an end and the Croatian midfielder will once again be at Real Madrid’s camp, as things stand. But for all their insecurities and second thoughts concerning Kovačić, this is a no-brainer in our eyes. Here are two main reasons why Chelsea need to bring Kovačić back next season.
Mateo Kovačić is largely an unfinished product, to say the least. At 25, not everyone would agree with this statement but the Croatia international has been trying to find his groove for years now. And that was one of his problems – he struggled to find a team that suits him, his needs, skills and abilities perfectly. Chelsea have been an interesting project for the midfielder but one that has, at least for the time being, come to its natural conclusion. However, despite his poor return in terms of goals and assists, netting not a single one and setting up only two for his teammates in the Premier League, Kovačić has still been an attacking spark in terms of creativity and progression for the Blues, which is a section sorely underutilised at the London club.
Since his campaign in England has been bang average, Real Madrid should, in theory, not hold much bargaining power and Kovačić’s estimated market value of 31.50m could very well not be far from the actual price a potential buyer would need to meet. But, with that being said, Transfermarkt is predicting his value to continue on this upward trajectory it has seen in recent years, so if they want a quality reinforcement for a decent price, this might be the last train towards it.
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It goes without saying that this potential ban would hinder Chelsea significantly. This is emphasised even more now that Eden Hazard is officially a Real Madrid player. But the Evening Standard has reiterated that the Kovačić deal is apparently not affected by the ban, meaning the Croatian midfielder could very well be one of the only real signings they are allowed to make if their embargo isn’t frozen by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
With that in mind, they simply cannot afford to be picky and let this one go without first considering the potential consequences that could play out. Kovačić is clearly not their dream signing but he has also not shown the very best of himself just yet, and Chelsea need to dig deeper to help him unearth that. For both parties’ sake.