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.
The former Leicester City midfielder played an integral role in leading Chelsea to the league title this campaign, while the 26-year-old was also awarded both the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year accolades
Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante is the favourite for the players' prize, having already been named the PFA (Professional Footballers' Association) Player of the Year and the FWA (Football Writers Association) Player of the Year