According to international media, Chelsea is facing the prospect of losing a key player in midfield to Man City.
According to the latest information from The Telegraph, Mateo Kovacic is a top transfer target for Man City as the player enters the final year of his current contract with Chelsea. The 28-year-old is one of seven Chelsea players whose contracts expire in 2024 – while N’Golo Kante has only 4 months left.
Manager Pep Guardiola is said to be a massive fan of the former Real Madrid star and spoke with him after Man City’s 1-0 win over Chelsea in January. In addition, the Spanish strategist also wants to change his midfield at the end of the season.
Names like Bernardo Silva or Ilkay Gundogan have been contacted to move to Barcelona, while Kalvin Phillips has struggled with injuries and has not made any impact at the Etihad.
Meanwhile, Jude Bellingham remains Man City’s top transfer target this summer. But they face strong competition from Chelsea, Man United, Liverpool, and Real Madrid to secure the signature of the Borussia Dortmund and England prodigy.
In this context, Kovacic would be a much cheaper alternative and has the experience and proven quality in the Premier League.
Calm, composed, always playing his part and not getting caught up in the noise outside the field, the Croatian midfielder is considered one of the best passers of his generation.
Kovacic won La Liga and three consecutive Champions League titles at Real Madrid before adding a fourth European crown in 2021 under Thomas Tuchel, the Europa League, Club World Cup, and UEFA Super Cup.
The 1994-born star was initially loaned to Chelsea in 2018 before signing a permanent contract worth £40 million a year later. Mateo Kovacic has been an indispensable player for Chelsea since joining from Real Madrid in 2018, making 207 appearances for The Blues across all competitions.
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