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What Mario Pasalic did in the Champions League to expose Chelsea’s potential £12.5m mistake

Frank Lampard is set to receive a welcome windfall which will help to boost his summer transfer budget at Chelsea.

According to the Guardian, 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.

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Should he opt to join La Dea then Chelsea will pocket a cool €15m (£12.5m) which will come in handy after splashing out £33.4m to agree a deal with Ajax for the signing of Hakim Ziyech when the summer transfer window opens.

But are the west London outfit making a mistake by not recalling Pasalic?

Well, some Blues supporters think this is the case after watching Pasalic record two assists as Atalanta beat Valencia 4-1 in the first-leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie on Wednesday night.

He teed up Josip Ilicic to make it 2-0 shortly before half-time and then played the final pass for Hans Hateboer to run through unchallenged and net his second of the night at the San Siro.

That’s now five assists across all competitions for the 25-year-old, two of which have come in European football’s elite club tournament and he also has a goal to his name against Manchester City.

It’s safe to say Pasalic’s stock is rising and some Chelsea fans think the club should be getting more than the reported £12.5m transfer fee.

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With that said, Pasalic is set to get his wish as he did reveal last season that he wanted to stay in one place after numerous loan spells away from Chelsea.

“I like it here. In the past, I’ve changed shirts so many times and it isn’t easy, he said. “I’d like to stay…

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