Chelsea are a wheeling and dealing club these days, doing their best to try and earn cash through their extensive loan army so they can keep spending on the first team.
One of those traded assets has been Mario Pasalic, a talented Croatian midfielder who has been loaned all over the shop since arriving at the club in 2014.
He’s never made a first team appearance, and now it looks like it’s not going to happen. Finally, after two years at Atalanta, he will make his move there permanent this summer.
In the end, it was a Tweet from notorious transfer insider Fabrizio Romano that convinced everyone that the deal is happening at last.
Atalanta are going to buy the Croatian midfielder Mario Pašalic from Chelsea for €15M on next summer. 🔵 #transfers #CFC #Atalanta
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 15, 2020
€15m is the fixed fee in the loan deal, so there’s no way we can demand more. However there is something puzzling about the way the deal was set up.
Why did we loan him there again this season, with the same loan clause? Why not raise the fee they have to pay after he helped them get into the Champions League?
We’ll likely never know, and we’ll likely never see Pasalic play for Chelsea now.