·1 June 2023
·1 June 2023
The possibility of Mateo Kovacic joining Manchester City took a significant step forward this week, with reports highlighting developments in the situation.
Pep Guardiola and those within the Etihad Stadium have long been keen admirers of the now 29 year-old’s talents in the centre of the park, and with there being a need for recruitment in that position this summer, the club have turned towards the Croatian once more.
Kovacic will be entering into his final year of contract at Stamford Bridge next season, and with Chelsea looking to offload this summer, interest from Manchester City is likely to be entertained by those in charge of transfer business.
On Wednesday, a flurry of reports have highlighted a significant development in the process to bring Mateo Kovacic to Manchester City, with talks now having taken place over the possibility of a transfer being finalised in the coming weeks.
With details provided from a number of reliable sources, here is the very latest on this story!
The ever-reliable transfer expert Fabrizio Romano was the first to report on Manchester City and Mateo Kovacic on Wednesday afternoon, after it was stated that the Premier League champions had opened ‘concrete talks’ to sign the Croatia international this summer.
With Chelsea ‘open’ to selling Kovacic as part of a ‘midfield revolution’ this summer, Fabrizio Romano confirmed that talks would be continuing ‘soon’.
Despite interest from a number of major players in European football, including from the recently-crowned Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, the former Real Madrid midfielder WANTS to join Manchester City – as per The Athletic’s David Ornstein.
Officials at Stamford Bridge are well in the loop on the situation, with The Athletic’s David Ornstein reporting that Chelsea have in fact granted Manchester City permission to speak to Mateo Kovacic ahead of a potential move this summer.
The expectation now is that a deal WILL be completed between Manchester City, Chelsea, and Mateo Kovacic’s camp to bring the central midfielder to the Etihad Stadium ahead of the 2023/24 season – as per The Guardian’s Jacob Steinberg.
That is a stance also offered by the Evening Standard, who not only stress that the players wants to make the switch to the Premier League champions, but that he is now also expected to do so.
While there has been little in the way of suggestions over what Manchester City could be willing to offer Chelsea for their midfield star, one report has suggested that the London club would demand from their Premier League rivals.
Nevertheless, as stated by Jacob Steinberg, the two clubs are ‘unlikely’ to have problems when it comes to agreeing a fee for the midfielder.
In an interesting detail provided by The Mail’s Jack Gaughan, Mateo Kovacic is viewed by those inside the Etihad Stadium as a ‘versatile’ midfielder capable of playing both the holding midfield position (No. 6), and the more traditional central role (No. 8).
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