Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Matteo Kovacic set to sign on loan from Real Madrid

Matteo Kovacic set to sign on loan from Real Madrid

And for Chelsea, it's set to be a frantic 48 hours or so.

With speculation over the future of Thibaut Courtois, Willian and Eden Hazard, Chelsea's concerns were compounded on Sunday with a Community Shield defeat to Manchester City. This is against UEFA's rules and Madrid are considering reporting the Italian club if they don't back down.

According to Spanish publication Marca, Croatia worldwide Mateo Kovacic is close to agreeing to terms with the Blues, which will see him move to Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan.

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The report claims that Chelsea have reached an agreement with the player and the deal will be announced at some point on Tuesday.

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

The news will also be of great interest to Inter, however, as it could have repercussions on their pursuit of Kovacic's team-mate Luka Modric.

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"I've not seen that he's gone on strike", Lopetegui said.

"He has trained regularly with his team-mates and there have been no problems with him".

So, any Chelsea fans getting excited at the prospect of a midfield three consisting of N'Golo Kante, Jorginho and Kovacic this season might just be getting a little bit carried away.

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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.

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