Chelsea look set to complete the signing of one of the only two players that they can sign under their two window transfer ban.

Chelsea are eligible to sign Gonzalo Higuain and Mateo Kovacic, having both been registered as players before the ban took effect. But if they wish to do so, they must complete the moves before the end of June (this Sunday).

It’s been widely reported that the blues will not be taking up the option to sign Higuain on a permanent deal and he will go back to Juventus.

However, reports in Spain suggest that they are close to agreeing a deal with Real Madrid to sign midfielder Mateo Kovacic.

Mundo Deportivo have suggested that the Croatian International ‘has practically closed his exit’ from Real Madrid, and will join Chelsea before June the 30th.

The fee is unclear but Chelsea were looking to bring Madrid down to around £30 million, whilst the Spanish club asked for £50 million initially.

Chelsea are expected to confirm Frank Lampard as their new head coach by the end of this week, and would have certainly already discussed certain players with him for next season, with the ban in mind.

Kovacic, who had mixed reviews from Chelsea supporters on his debut season at Stamford Bridge, looks set to get a second shot in London under the Chelsea legend.

Simon Phillips

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