Chelsea have officially announced that Mario Pesalic has signed for Italian side Atalanta.
Pasalic moved to Stamford Bridge in 2014 from Hajduk Split after impressing the Blues scouts with some of his performances, but has yet to make a single appearance for us having spent much of his time out on-loan to the likes of Elche, Monaco, Milan and Spartak Moscow.
The 25-year-old joined Atalanta on an initial season-long loan in 2018 and helped Gian Piero Gasperini’s side to qualify for this season’s Champions League before agreeing to move to Lombardy for a second season last summer having signed a new contract at Chelsea until 2022.
But having been settled with the Italians for the last few seasons, he has been keen to make sure that he does not move back to Chelsea this summer and was keen to try and get the Blues to make the move for permanent.
We paid around £3m to Hajduk Split for him in 2014, so will now make a decent return on that investment six years later, with the money surely going to possible signings that will come into the club and improve the side.
The club announced: ‘We thank Mario for his service to the club and wish him the best of luck for the next chapter of his career.
#SuperMario resta con noi! 🦸🏼♂️🇭🇷
Il centrocampista croato acquistato a titolo definitivo!
— Atalanta B.C. (@Atalanta_BC) June 22, 2020
The move was the right one for the man to make as he was never going to shine here, so good luck mate.