It’s not often the Spanish sport media question claims from elsewhere, preferring instead to embrace it all and go with the rumour flow, however, today AS say claims coming from England of an agreed deal for Mateo Kovacic are incorrect.

That’s not to say they don’t think the transfer will happen, they do… it’s just not there yet.

AS report ‘sources close to the negotiation’ have told them English claims of a fee being agreed are wide of the mark. Chelsea and Real Madrid are ‘very close’, yet haven’t been able to agree on the precise fee at this stage, they’re now hurrying to do so.

Real Madrid want €50m, and there’s some pressure on both clubs over the transfer.

Chelsea’s ban restricts them from registering new players, but the Croatian already being registered allows them to sign Kovacic on a permanent basis. AS believe the signing must be completed by June 30th, as that’s when the loan officially ends.

‘All roads lead’ to Stamford Bridge for the player, and it ‘can be official before the weekend’, but AS want to let everyone know the precise fee isn’t yet agreed.