Mario Pasalic has flown to France in order to undertake a medical with AS Monaco, and a season-long loan deal should be completed either tonight or tomorrow.
According to reports in France, specifically from RMC, the 20-year-old midfielder is heading the other way to Radamel Falcao, who by all accounts will be given a second chance to shine in England following his disastrous spell with Manchester United last term.
It’s believed that Monaco and Chelsea have already reached an agreement with regards to Pasalic’s move, with only a medical stopping the youngster from officially signing on the dotted line.
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RMC don’t believe that will be problematic for much longer however, with it implied confirmation could be achieved within the next 24 hours.
The Croatian, purchased by Chelsea from Hajduk Split last July for £3million, has never featured for the Blues first-team but is a capped international at senior level. On top of that he played regularly for La Liga outfit Elche last season, making 35 appearances across all competitions.
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No Chelsea chance yet
That said it’s logical to assume he’s still got a fair bit of developing to do before he gets anywhere near Mourinho’s first-team.
Not only does the German-born midfielder operate in an area where the likes of Francesc Fabregas and Oscar roam, but it’s fair to state that Chelsea’s senior squad is close to being the best it has ever been in terms of player quality.
Proving himself worthy will likely be a task Pasalic finds difficult, and he’d do well not to get lost in the deluge of young players Chelsea have out on loan.
The Stamford Bridge club has become infamous in recent seasons for farming out potential assets and either selling them on at a profit or welcoming them back into the fold when they’ve come of age. In most cases it’s the former.
Only Thibaut Courtois is evidence from the current side that players can be sent out on loan by Chelsea before becoming first-team regulars upon their return, and more reputable individuals than Pasalic have been unable to convince Mourinho that they deserve a place in his plans for the future.
Falcao move on
That said his transfer may be what’s required for Monaco to accept Chelsea’s offer of taking Falcao on loan, and so it could yet prove to be beneficial to the west London outfit even if Pasalic doesn’t impress in France.
Falcao endured a season to forget last year but Mourinho has vouched to get the best out of him. Only time will tell if that’s a fool’s errand.
Chelsea fans, what do you make of Falcao’s supposedly imminent arrival? Is he good enough anymore? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments box below.