BY BONIFACE MUUSYA – The player joins on a five year deal for a fee believed to be around £40million.

In a statement on the club’s official website, the Croatia midfielder said: “I really enjoyed my season on loan with Chelsea , I feel comfortable at the club and like London and the Premier League very much. I am very happy to be able
to join permanently.

“We had a successful year, winning the Europa League and I hope I can make a big contribution in the coming

The Blues are banned from registering new signings for the next two transfer windows because FIFA found they had breached regulations relating to the international transfer and registration of players aged under 18.

Kovacic, who spent three years at Madrid after moving from Inter, joins Christian Pulisic in arriving ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.

Kovacic’s arrival comes after Chelsea confirmed Gonzalo Higuain’s departure from the club.