Atalanta will activate the purchase option in Chelsea midfielder’s loan deal

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Italian Serie A side Atalanta will activate the purchase decision in Mario Pasalic’s loan deal to sign him permanently from Chelsea next summer.

The Blues talent Mario Pasalic has been on loan at Atalanta since the summer of 2018, with the Italian side paying €1m to take him on loan, with a right to buy set at €15m.

Serie A side did not activate the purchase option in the summer, but negotiated a new deal with Chelsea, loaning the player again with the same right to buy included.

Mario Pasalic is now regarded as a key man by Atalanta and, according to Turin-based Italian daily Tuttosport, the club will pay €15m to make the permanent capture of the Croatian.

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

24-year-old has made 13 matches in Serie A for Atalanta so far this campaign, scoring twice and providing two assists for his team-mates.

He has also performed in all five of Atalanta’s Champions League group stage games, scoring in a 1-1 draw at home versus Manchester City.

Notwithstanding being under contract at Chelsea, Mario Pasalic, who counts sides such as Monaco, AC Milan and Spartak Moscow amongst his former clubs, has never made a senior the Blues appearance and may not get the chance.