Mario Pasalic is set to leave Chelsea for good this summer after being sent out on loan in each of his six seasons with the club.
The Croatia international moved to Stamford Bridge in a £3m switch from Hajduk Split back in 2014, but was instantly loaned out to Spanish outfit Elche.
He would then be sent to Monaco, AC Milan and Spartak Moscow over the next three seasons, racking up a combined 61 appearances before joining Atalanta at the start of the 2018/19 campaign.
And after making 33 appearances last term, Pasalic was loaned back to the Serie A outfit this season.
According to Gazetta dello Sport , Atalanta are planning to trigger the £12m option-to-buy clause in Pasalic’s contract this summer.
The Italian paper believes Atalanta will be securing “one of the best deals done in Bergamo in recent times” as his performances have been so impressive.
Of course, Palasic will first have to agree to join them on a permanent basis.
Palasic joined Chelsea in a £3m switch from Hajduk Split in 2014
With his Chelsea future looking as bleak as ever, though, it is difficult to envisage him turning the transfer down.
Blues manager Frank Lampard already has a luxury of options in midfield, with Mason Mount returning from his loan spell at Derby this season to play alongside Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante.
But his Blues future looks bleaker than ever this season with the likes of Mason Mount performing so well in midfield
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Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has been out since rupturing his Achilles tendon in May, is also on the verge of a return.
While Lampard doesn’t appear to be in need of recruits in the middle of the park, he has been keen to bolster his attack since seeing their two-window transfer ban lifted in December.
Frank Lampard completed a deal for Hakim Ziyech this week