According to renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano, it has been reported that Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has reached a personal agreement with Manchester City for a potential summer transfer. The next step would involve the clubs initiating negotiations over a transfer fee.
Kovacic’s current contract with Chelsea is set to expire at the conclusion of the 2023-24 season, and there have been consistent rumors linking him with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer. Now, it seems that the Croatian midfielder is on the verge of joining the reigning Premier League champions, Manchester City. Follow your favourite Premier League team with attractive betting odds from Nextbet.
The 2022-23 season saw Kovacic play a pivotal role for Chelsea. He featured in 37 matches across various competitions, contributing two goals and two assists.
With 221 appearances already under his belt for Chelsea, Kovacic has enjoyed success during his time at the club, winning four trophies, including the 2021 UEFA Champions League and the 2019 UEFA Europa League.
Recently, Mateo Kovacic was asked about the transfer speculations linking him to Manchester City. He referred to Pep Guardiola’s side as a “top team” and expressed his dissatisfaction with Chelsea’s performance in the past season. Kovacic stated (as quoted by Manchester Evening News):
“I have one more year, this season was very bad. Everything is going towards the fact that after five good years I will change, but in football anything can happen. Right now, I’m focused on Croatia and the Nations League.”
Furthermore, Kovacic added:
“Manchester City is a top team and deserves to be in the Champions League final. That’s what I have to say. The summer is long, we’ll see what happens. Chelsea is phenomenal for me. I love the city and the fans, they love me, I have wonderful memories of them. We’ll see what happens.”
The future of German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan at Manchester City remains uncertain as his contract is set to expire this summer, and an extension with the club is yet to be agreed upon. Therefore, it is possible that Pep Guardiola’s side will need to explore the market for midfield reinforcements.
Mateo Kovacic would be an excellent addition to Manchester City’s midfield, alongside the likes of Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne. The 29-year-old midfielder is renowned for his ability to resist pressing and could provide a valuable ball-carrying threat for the Premier League champions. Get the latest updates from the Premier League only on Nextbet Sports.