Official: FK Partizan sign Danilo Pantić from Chelsea, this time for good
Chelsea loan army warrior Danilo Pantić was one of the names on Chelsea’s official roster released at the end of the Premier League season. So it was a bit surprising to see a story popping up on Chelsea’s official website today about the 24-year-old. “Permanent transfer” to FK Partizan … But I guess it has something to do with Pantić’s contract at Chelsea which technically doesn’t expire for another two more weeks, but Partizan are already starting their pre-season. (Similar to the story of Marco van Ginkel’s expected signing with PSV Eindhoven.)
So, while Pantić was officially announced today by Partizan, after signing a 3-year contract, said contract will not come into effect until July 1. Thus, it is a “transfer” rather than a simple free agent signature. Still, there doesn’t appear to be any transfer fees involved (and we wouldn’t expect one), with local reports making a big deal out of how Chelsea’s € 3million asking price a few years ago was already scandalous.
That award was the built-in buy option the last time Pantić returned to Partizan, from where Chelsea signed him in 2015. Pantić has spent two productive years at home, including being named to the Serbian squad of the season in 2017-18. , but its loans outside Serbia went less well (Vitesse and Excelsior in the Netherlands, Fehérvár in Hungary). Last season he was back in the homeland, but with FK Čukarički he’s doing well once again – they want to sign him for good, but he chose to go home.
And so, the circle of Pantić’s life is complete.
Good luck, man!
Here is a museum piece and a future obscure anecdote from the formation of Marko Marin and Danilo Pantić in Cobham in 2016. Marin is apparently in Saudi Arabia now?