Udinese make Perica stay permanent

Serie A side Udinese have made forward Stipe Perica's stay at Dacia Arena a permanent one after signing the Croatian from English Premier League side Chelsea.

The towering striker, 20, will continue his footballing education in Serie A, having initially joined Udinese on loan in the January transfer window of 2015.

A statement on the club's official website read: "Udinese Calcio are delighted to have agreed the permanent signing of 20-year-old Croatian striker Stipe Perica from English side Chelsea FC."

He made nine appearances and scored one goal in his first season at Udinese, going on to make a further 13 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring three times in the process.

While the length of the deal and the transfer fee have not been disclosed by the Italian outfit, the fee is believed to be in the region of €4 million.