Chelsea beat transfer ban to sign Kovacic

Chelsea accidentally confirm the signing of Mateo Kovacic in online gaffe

CHELSEA are set to complete the signing of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid today.

Chelsea were able to complete the signing despite a 12-month transfer ban imposed by world ruling body Federation Internationale de Football Association because Kovacic was registered to the club last season.

It could prove their only permanent deal of the summer if they're unable to get the ban overturned.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have opted against signing Kovacic's fellow loanee Gonzalo Higuain on a permanent basis.

Although Kovacic produced some slightly irregular form during his first season at Stamford Bridge, his signing will ensure Chelsea have midfield cover as England global Ruben Loftus-Cheek recovers from a ruptured Achilles tendon which he suffered at the end of last season.

The ban states Chelsea aren't allowed to register new players for two transfer windows.

"He already possesses extensive experience at club and global level and we are sure he will be a big success with Chelsea over the next five years".

Kovacic told Chelsea's website: "I really enjoyed my season on loan with Chelsea".

Frank Lampard is expected to take over as the club's new manager in the coming days after Maurizio Sarri's departure at the beginning of the month.

It is claimed that the interview confirmed the permanent deal for Kovacic and included quotes from the Croatian speaking about how happy he is to have extended his stay at Stamford Bridge.

"I don't think Chelsea should pursue Kovacic", he said.

However, Kovacic was already registered having spent last term in west London.

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