Chelsea are set to receive a welcome windfall which will help to boost Frank Lampard’s summer transfer budget.
Despite the west London outfit having their two-window transfer ban reduced upon an appeal which was heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) they did not make a single signing last month.
However, they’ve already agreed one deal ahead of the summer window.
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News of Hakim Ziyech’s £33.4m move from Ajax to Stamford Bridge was officially confirmed on Thursday afternoon, making the Morocco international Lampard’s first significant signing since succeeding Maurizio Sarri as head coach.
This transfer would mean a chunk of Lampard’s reported £150m transfer budget has already been used.
But the Blues look set to receive a surprise windfall which in turn could fund more summer signings amid links to the likes of Jadon Sancho, Timo Werner and Moussa Dembele.
According to Gazetta dello Sport, as per the Daily Star, Atalanta will take up the option to turn midfielder Mario Pasalic’s loan move into a permanent transfer at the end of the season.
The Croatia international is currently into the final few months of his loan deal with the Serie A outfit and has clearly done enough to earn a permanent move.
Should he opt to join La Dea then Chelsea will pocket a cool €15m (£12.7m), as per Football Italia.
Pasalic recently served a timely reminder to Chelsea and Lampard with a goal against Manchester City in the Champions League in the group phase.
The midfielder equalised with a fine header which gave Claudio Bravo – on for Ederson at half-time – absolutely no chance and earned Atalanta a point against Pep Guardiola’s side.
That prompted some Chelsea fans to suggest a recall for the 25-year-old.
However, Pasalic did reveal last season that he wanted to stay in one place after…