Chelsea set for £13million windfall after Atalanta sporting director confirms Serie A side will make unwanted midfielder Mario Pasalic’s loan move permanent
- Atalanta sporting director Giovanni Sartori confirmed the news to Italian media
- Mario Pasalic has spent the last two seasons on loan at Atalanta from Chelsea
- The midfielder has never made a first-team appearance for Frank Lampard’s men
- The Croatia international joined Chelsea from Hadjuk Split some six years ago
Atalanta sporting director Giovanni Sartori has confirmed the Serie A side plan on triggering midfielder Mario Pasalic’s transfer clause to make his loan move from Chelsea permanent.
The 25-year-old has spent the last two seasons on loan with the Italian outfit, and has scored 15 goals in 74 appearances.
Atalanta have now publicly declared their ambitions to make the movement permanent for Pasalic, who has never made a single first-team appearance for Chelsea since joining from Croatian side Hadjuk Split in 2014.
Atalanta have confirmed they will make Mario Pasalic’s move from Chelsea permanent
The 25-year-old Croatia international has spent the last two seasons on loan at the Serie A side
Sartori told Sky Sport Italia: ‘We’re going to buy Mario Pasalic on a permanent deal from Chelsea.
‘We want to use the buy option’.
The Croatia international is therefore free to sign for the Serie A side as long as they meet his £13million buy out clause.
And Atalanta sporting director Giovanni Sartori has said the club will trigger his transfer clause
Chelsea persuaded Pasalic to sign a new contract last year which tied him down until 2022 and ensured the Blues would get a transfer fee for him when they did move him on.
Since moving to Stamford Bridge from his homeland sic years ago, Pasalic has been on loans all over Europe, including season-long loans with Elche, Monaco, AC Milan and Spartak Moscow before his spell with Atalanta.
In his first year with the Serie A side, he helped them secure a third-place finish and claim Champions League football for the first time in their history.
Pasalic helped Atalanta qualify for their first ever Champions League campaign last season
The club have since made the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite competition after beating LaLiga outfit Valencia 8-4 on aggregate in the round of 16.
Atalanta had also come through a group consisting of Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb in the early stages of this year’s competition.
Domestically, the club are fourth in Serie A and are currently keeping Roma and Napoli out of the Champions League places with their season set to resume on June 21 when they host Sassuolo.
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