Hajduk Split starlet Mario Pasalic will undergo a medical with Chelsea in May before completing a permanent deal with the Premier League giants, his agent has confirmed.
The Croatia Under-21 international, who has already signed a pre-contract agreement to join the Blues this summer, is then expected to be loaned out for the 2014-15 campaign.
Pasalic, 19, has impressed scouts this season, scoring 11 goals in 25 appearances in Croatia’s top domestic league. His agent, Ivica Loncar, admits the midfielder would prefer to stay with Hajduk for a little longer - but conceded that his client is now set to spend next season with another club.
"Mario would like to stay at Hajduk as long as possible, but the contract is signed and we must respect the desire of the club," said Loncar, speaking to Croatian newspaper 24sata. "There is a chance [he will stay at Hajduk], but they are minimal. Mario will be in London at the end of May for a medical examination and then will know more about his future.
"[There are] several interested clubs from Italy, Germany and Spain, and it is possible that the first two weeks of preparation activity will be with Chelsea. But the decision is Jose Mourinho's."
Chelsea currently have 28 players out on loan at different European clubs, but a handful of them are expecting to be moved on by Mourinho in the summer, along with several first-team stars.
Pasalic scored the only goal in Hadjuk’s 1-0 victory over Split last weekend, and Chelsea’s technical director Michael Emenalo was in attendance to watch the potential future Blues’ star produce another impressive individual display.
“Mario has grown at Hajduk," he told reporters in Croatia. "In the summer he has to go to a club where he will continue to evolve in order to one day play at Stamford Bridge.”