Having arrived from Real Madrid last summer on a loan deal, Mateo Kovacic had an inconsistent debut campaign at Stamford Bridge.
However, as confirmed by the club’s official website, the Blues have completed the permanent signing of the Croatian World Cup finalist and he has now signed a five-year deal with the west London side.
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After hearing the news, Chelsea fans took to Twitter to reveal their thoughts on the signing and many were understandably excited at seeing the club turn Kovacic’s stay at the club permanent.
Indeed, some supporters pointed out the irony in the club signing a new player despite a supposed transfer ban and appeared to mock the club’s London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham for their lack of activity.
A few fans hoped that after having a season to settle into the pace and intensity of English football, the 25-year-old would kick-on in his second season at Stamford Bridge and add some goals from midfield to his game.
Check out some of the reaction of Chelsea fans below:
Transfer ban and still signed a player before arsenal and spurs
— Quad (@Bericx_) July 1, 2019
Chelsea with transfer ban: 2 signings more than 100mil spent
Arsenal and Tottenham: 0 signings
What a Gargantuan club we are. The Pride of London.
— Leo Sat (@TheBlueProphet) July 1, 2019
Very important signing
— Ben Gill (@RealBenGill) July 1, 2019
Can’t really understand why people think this is such a bad signing to make, 25 years old, lots of experience already and had a few really strong performances throughout the season although not consistent enough, can also play different positions within the midfield.
— CFC_Opinions (@OpinionsChelsea) July 1, 2019
A proper baller. He has got the talent. Just need to improve his goal scoring stats.
— Chelseaista (@Chelseaista_cfc) July 1, 2019
Hope he proves more than last season, close control of the ball no one does it like kova, want him to score shoot and provide more assists
— Siddanth (@ASiddanth) July 1, 2019
Top player..needs to add goals to his game ..hopefully Frank will help him on that
— Joe McAdams (@JoeMcAdams7) July 1, 2019