Chelsea to sign Kovacic on loan

Chelsea to sign Kovacic on loan

The likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Spurs will all be looking to complete at least one deal before the end of the window.

Thibaut Courtois looks desperate to leave the club meaning Maurizio Sarri could well be on the lookout for a replacement.

Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui has said Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic are happy at the club, and the mood has not been affected by reports that both want to leave. This is against UEFA's rules and Madrid are considering reporting the Italian club if they don't back down.

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The Croatian will receive the playing time he desperately craves, Chelsea will be reinforced in midfield with a fantastic footballer and Madrid will still be in control of a player who they have great faith in.

The agreement between the clubs will be announced in the next few hours and Kovacic will soon depart for London to embark on his new adventure.

Modric is yet to return for pre-season after an impressive World Cup campaign, but Lopetegui has calmed the nerves of Los Blancos supporters.

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Inter Milan made contact with Modric's agents over a possible move, according to Sky in Italy, but Real president Florentino Perez says anyone wishing to sign the midfielder must pay his £668m buy-out clause.

"You speak to me of problems with Kovacic, but this is the first I've heard of it", the Spaniard said. Today, Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Mateo Kovacic...

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