According to reports, Manchester City will focus entirely on acquiring Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic in the summer. According to Football Insider, the Cityzens are looking into 29-year-old Kovacic as a possible replacement for Jude Bellingham.
The midfielder from Borussia Dortmund appears to be headed to Real Madrid after turning down interest from the Premier League team. Kovacic’s future at Chelsea is questionable, as he has a little more than a year left on his agreement. The Croatian player is said to have a lot of admiration from Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
Since his arrival at Stamford Bridge in 2019, he has established himself as a key member of the West Londoners’ squad. This season, he has played 35 games in different competitions, assisting on two goals. In an interview from last year, Chelsea attacker Raheem Sterling suggested that Manchester City held Kovacic in high regard:
“Mateo Kovacic to be fair. I used to think, “Oh my good gosh,” I won’t lie when we used to play him for Manchester City. Regarding Kovacic, who may be the subject of a fire sale, it would appear that Guardiola shares those thoughts. In order to comply with Financial Fair Play, the Stamford Bridge giants must sell several first-team players this summer.
When Kovacic spoke to Chelsea’s website in April, he reflected on his five years at Stamford Bridge and expressed his love for living in London: “Time flies, and I’ve been at Chelsea for the longest of any club. I’ve been here for five years. I really do feel at home. In London, there is nothing to dislike. It’s easier for me because my family enjoys it.”
Kovacic has been a hit with the Blues since showing up from Madrid a long time back. During his time with the West London Giants, he has won the Europa League and UEFA Champions League. Be that as it may, the draw of joining Manchester City’s locally predominant side might tempt.
He will have the opportunity to play under Guardiola, who is considered to be one of the best football coaches in the world. As they have struggled, the situation at Stamford Bridge has become dire. They sit eleventh in the association without European capability next season.
In the meantime, City leads the league by one point over Arsenal, who are in second place. As a result, Kovacic might accept the chance to play for a Premier League contender.