Chelsea to receive £13m windfall from Pasalic as Atalanta confirm they plan on triggering transfer clause in loan deal – The SunJune 12, 2020
ATALANTA confirm they plan on triggering Mario Pasalic's transfer clause to make his loan move from Chelsea permanent.
Pasalic, 25, has spent the last two seasons on loan with the Serie A side, scoring 15 goals across 74 appearances.
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But in his six years on the books at Stamford Bridge, he has never made a single first-team appearance.
Atalanta sporting director Giovanni Sartori confirmed they will look to sign the midfielder permanently, meaning he can officially leave Chelsea and end his run of loan moves.
Sartori told Sky Sports: “We’re going to buy Mario Pasalic on a permanent deal from Chelsea.
"We want to use the buy option”.
Pasalic is free to sign for the Serie A side, as long as they meet his £13million buy out clause.
The midfielder signed for Chelsea from Hajduk Split in his homeland of Croatia in 2014 as part of a £3m deal.
He went on loans to Elche, Monaco, AC Milan and Spartak Moscow for a season each before his spell with Atalanta.
In his first year, he helped secure a third-place finish and Champions League football.
The Italians then came through a group with Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb to advance to the knockout stages, where they beat Valencia 8-4 on aggregate to qualify for the last eight before the season was suspended.
Domestically, the club are fourth in Serie A and currently keeping Roma and Napoli out of the Champions League spots with the season set to resume on the weekend of June 20 and 21.
Chelsea persuaded Pasalic to sign a new contract a year ago, tying him down until 2022 and ensuring they could get a transfer fee for the Croatia international when they did move him on.
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