One of the players Chelsea signed last summer was Mateo Kovacic, who arrived at Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid.

The Blues signed the midfielder on a dry loan deal and last December, we relayed news from Spain that they are planning to sign the former Inter Milan man on a permanent deal in the summer and the 24-year-old also liked the idea.

Chelsea have been handed a ban from registering players in the next two transfer windows by FIFA and today’s edition of AS claims this episode could have ‘more ramifications’ on the west London club.

It is claimed that there was a desire from the two clubs to agree for Kovacic’s transfer and the desire of the player could have played a huge factor in Real Madrid’s attempt to sign Eden Hazard.

Los Blancos had planned to use their player as a bargaining chip in order to land the Belgium international, but that no longer seems to be the case and the midfielder will be forced to return to his parent club, if Chelsea fail to lift the ban. 

This will force Real Madrid to keep a dissatisfied player at the club, who will then have to find a new destination.