Chelsea sign Kovacic on loan from Madrid on deadline day

LONDON (AP) – Chelsea have signed Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic on loan from Real Madrid for the season.

The move was completed on the final day of the Premier League’s transfer window.

The 24-year-old Kovacic was part of Croatia’s run to the World Cup final, where it lost to France. Kovacic has been at Madrid since 2015, joining from Inter Milan.

The transfer window closed yesterday before the season opens today with Manchester United hosting Leicester. United manager Jose Mourinho said he is “not confident” of signing any more players.

Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic is joining Chelsea on a season long loan deal. – AP