Pasalic to go on loan to Atalanta

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Chelsea midfielder Mario Pasalic will spend a fifth season out on loan after Atalanta agreed a season-long deal for the 23-year-old.

Pasalic moved to Stamford Bridge in 2014 and has had temporary spells across Europe, including a year with Italian giants AC Milan.

He spent the 2017-18 campaign with Spartak Moscow, making 21 appearances in the Premier League, scoring four goals.

The Germany-born Croatia international has also spent time at Spanish side Elche and Ligue 1’s Monaco.

A second stint in Serie A beckons after Atalanta added him to their squad for the 2018-19 campaign, with the Italian club holding an option to make the move permanent.

“Mario Pasalic will spend the upcoming season on loan at Serie A side Atalanta,” Chelsea confirmed in a statement.

“Pasalic enjoyed a productive season on loan at Spartak Moscow in 2017/18, making 28 appearances and featuring in both the Champions League and Europa League.

“The midfielder has previous experience in Serie A after being loaned to AC Milan in 2016/17.

“Having played the second half of our friendly win over Perth Glory on Monday, he now heads back to the Italian top flight to continue his development with Atalanta.”

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