- Chelsea want 40 million for Kovacic
- Midfielder already agreed terms with Man City
- Croatian midfielder will replace Ilkay Gundogan
What’s the news?
The transfer of Mateo Kovacic from Chelsea to Manchester City has moved a step closer as the Blues have indicated that the Croatian midfielder is available for a transfer fee of approximately €40 million. Earlier this week, various English media outlets reported that Kovacic had reached a personal agreement with Man City for a multi-year contract.
City is in search of a new midfielder as Ilkay Gundogan appears to be on the verge of leaving the club. The German international’s contract with City is set to expire, and it seems likely that Gundogan has rejected the club’s attempts to extend his contract. With the personal agreement with Kovacic and the relatively low transfer fee, a transfer of the Chelsea midfielder seems to be only a matter of time.
Kovacic arrived at Chelsea on loan from Real Madrid in 2018. The following season, the midfielder was permanently acquired, and he has played 221 games for the club. His biggest triumph came in 2021 when he won the Champions League with Chelsea.
A potential transfer of Kovacic is not expected to take place until after City has played the Champions League final. This weekend, the newly crowned Premier League champions will first play the FA Cup final against local rivals Manchester United, and a week later, they will face Internazionale in the Champions League final in Istanbul.