Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is set to get Mario Pasalic off the books permanently.
The Croatia international is currently on loan at Serie A side Atalanta.
He’s been a standout performer with six goals in 22 games this season and the Italian outfit are eager to make the switch permanent.
Pasalic also spent the 2018/19 campaign at the Bergamo-based side and made 42 appearances.
Despite already performing at a high level, the 24-year-old has never featured for the Blues.
And, according to European media outlet Calciomercato , they now look set to cash in with Atalanta ready to pay his £12.8m release clause.
He’s previously had loan spells at Elche, Monaco, Inter Milan and Spartak Moscow.
Lampard is expected to be busy this month with Chelsea now allowed to make new signings.
The Blues are desperate to snare Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho but the German side want in excess of £100m to do business.
“I’m reliably informed that they made a formal enquiry to Borussia Dortmund last Thursday with regards to Jadon Sancho,” football consultant Ian McGarry told the Reach PLC Transfer Window Podcast.
“They were quoted, in my view, an astronomical fee of €120million and that didn’t include the €50m commission to the player’s agent.
“They have now stepped away from that and said ‘that’s not going to happen’.”
Chelsea assistant manager Jody Morris confirmed earlier this week that Lampard will look to shuffle his ranks.
Frank Lampard is ready to splash the cash in the January transfer window
“There are a couple of areas we’re looking at, without going into them, but it will all depend on what the movements are within the club as well,” he explained.
“I’m not as privy to those conversations as the manager is but for sure there is stuff going on behind the scenes. Any movements have to be for the benefit of the club and improve the squad.
“We can’t just let people…