A year after completing a loan spell with Udinese, Chelsea allowed Stipe Perica to join the Serie A outfit on a permanent deal in 2016 and the 23-year-old has struggled to get regular playing time with the Italian side.

The arrival of new coach, Davide Nicola, in the summer saw him sanction the striker’s loan move to Frosinone, where he started the season on a positive note, but has lost a place in the starting lineup after he failed to score in seven league appearances.

According to Fantagazzetta, the Croatian attacker will return to his parent club in January and they will let him leave in the same transfer window as Middlesbrough are believed to be interested in him.

It’s claimed the Championship club have ‘already come forward’ to take the frontman, but will also face competition from Serie B side Pescara.

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It’s clear from the report that Udinese will not keep Perica once he returns from his loan spell.

However, Fantagazzetta does not mention whether the forward will leave his parent club on a loan or permanent transfer.