Kovacic's arrival paves the way for Chelsea to send Tiemoue Bakayoko on loan to AC Milan. Bakayoko has struggled for form and fitness since arriving from Monaco in a £40 million deal in the summer of 2017
A Reuters photographer at pitch level for France’s 3-1 win over Russia, heard monkey chants directed at French players on several occasions, including when midfielder N’Golo Kante came to the touchline for a throw-in.
Alexei Smertin, the Russian Football Union’s anti-discrimination inspector, said the global football governing body had informed it about the launch of an investigation into the incident.
The pair, who have dominated the global award in its varied forms for a decade, will be favourites to collect yet another accolade amid the 24-strong list of the world's best.