[Photo] Done Deal: Midfielder Poses With Chelsea Shirt After Completing Move

By on July 9, 2014

The summer transfer window is now open for business and it’s expected to be a busy few weeks as managers strengthen their squads ahead of next season, so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Chelsea complete the signing of Mario Pasalic.

Chelsea have confirmed this afternoon they have completed the signing of highly-rated Croatian midfielder Mario Pasalic from Hajduk Split for an undisclosed fee.

The 19-year-old has emerged as one of the hottest properties in Croatian football in recent seasons and has been dubbed as the ‘new Luka Modric’ by some onlookers.

Pasalic came through the youth ranks at Hajduk Split before breaking into the first team last season where his impressive displays led to a call up to Croatia’s provisional 30-man World Cup squad.

He has also been linked with a whole host of top European clubs, however, Chelsea have managed to see-off competition from the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United to capture the signature of the creative midfielder, and the club announced the deal on Chelseafc.com on Wednesday afternoon.

Upon signing his long-term deal, Pasalic told the clubs website:

‘I am very happy because I am now a Chelsea player. I am very impressed by the training ground and I must thank everybody at Hajduk. This is now a new start in my career.

‘I am a central midfielder, my favourite player is Frank Lampard, and so I am very happy to be a Chelsea player.’

The German-born midfielder certainly played like Chelsea legend Frank Lampard during his debut season, scoring an impressive 11 goals in 36 appearances last year to help Split to a third-placed finish in the Croatian league.

He’s unlikely to command a first team place at Stamford Bridge any time soon due to the intense competition in his position, but he joined in with the rest of the squad at training this afternoon and will no doubt be given a chance to impress during pre-season.

However, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was loaned out by Jose Mourinho for next season to get used to English football before being considered for action in the Chelsea first team.

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17 Comments

  1. Amiks ken

    July 9, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    meaningless signing

  2. morefy

    July 9, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Welcome 2 super blue

  3. real timo

    July 9, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    he will be loaned as normal

  4. Felix

    July 10, 2014 at 4:08 am

    Well come to the happy club

  5. Akolade mj adebare mutairu

    July 10, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Good signing..but be ready for 3years loan..blue is da colour

  6. Jo'ash Mcjuniors

    July 10, 2014 at 6:54 am

    Jose should loan him oo….

  7. czed

    July 10, 2014 at 7:57 am

    jose mourinho shld start signing useful players o! There wont be rooms for excuses this seaon, d sky remains blueeee!

  8. Colman

    July 10, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Welcome to chelsea, but i dnt like sign and loan

  9. Etim Charles

    July 10, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Welcome to chelsea bluce for life

  10. kunle adeyeye

    July 10, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Pasalic welcom 2 d wrd of blue

  11. A y

    July 10, 2014 at 11:18 am

    G

  12. emmanuel

    July 10, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    No loan 4 dis o

  13. emmanuel

    July 10, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Happy signing

  14. phillz

    July 10, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I dnt get all ds unnecesary signing. we need plsyers we can relay on fo d season nt anotger loan player. haba mou

  15. Amatolo Abraham

    July 10, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Anoda gud replacement 4 Chelsea Legend Frank Lampard. Always d bluce!

  16. Nikita Williams

    July 10, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Well i will like to said thank for coming,And which you good luck at Chelsea,please keep your mine in the game and work very hard.God be with u.

  17. jontez

    July 6, 2016 at 7:42 am

    i like the signing

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