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Chelsea made decision over future of €20m-rated midfielder

Serie A outfit Atalanta will activate the purchase option in Croatia international Mario Pasalic’s loan deal to sign the player on a permanent basis from Chelsea next summer transfer market.

Blues talent Pasalic has been on loan at the Italian club since the summer of 2018, with the Bergamo-based club paying €1 million to take him on loan, with a right to buy set at €20 million.

Atalanta didn’t activate the purchase option in the summer, but negotiated a new agreement with Chelsea, loaning the star again with the same right to buy included.

Pasalic is now regarded as an important player by Atalanta and, according to the Turin-based Italian daily sports newspaper Tuttosport, the club will pay €15 million to complete the permanent capture of the Croatian.

The €15 million price is viewed as good business by Atalanta, with Mario a Croatia international and having proven himself in the UCL with the club.

The 24-year-old has made 13 appearances in Serie A for Atalanta thus far this season, scoring twice and providing two assists for his team-mates.

He has also played in all five of his side’s Champions League group stage games, netting in a 1-1 draw at home versus Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

In spite of being under contract at Chelsea, Pasalic, who counts clubs such as AC Milan, AS Monaco and Spartak Moscow amongst his former teams, has never made a senior Chelsea appearance and may not get the chance.