Chelsea will like to avoid players leaving on free transfers at end of their contracts.
Blues are taking their time to open contract extension negotiations with Kovacic as his current deal expires in 2024. Contract extensions of Mason Mount and N’golo Kante are also hanging in the air as Chelsea are currently focused on rebuilding the squad.
Graham Potter is now focusing on recognizing the players he would like to keep and those that he is willing to sell and want to replace. Several Marque players were brought in January and Chelsea will continue their recruitment spree over the next summer.
Chelsea are keen on bringing more firepower in midfield at the end of the season. Signing Enzo Fernandez from Benfica has been the “talk of the town”. However, Potter will like to retain the services of Mason Mount, N’golo Kante, and Mateo Kovacic.
As per The Athletic, talks have not begun with the Croatian, in spite of his contract expiring at the end of the season. Kovacic has made only 15 appearances so far this season, starting seven matches, with injuries preventing him from cementing his spot in the starting eleven.
However, Kovacic turning 29 in just a few months, can also be a crucial factor in determining his future. He might be looking for a big contract that Chelsea would not support.
CHELSEA ALSO FACING PROBLEMS WITH KANTE AND MOUNT
As reported by The DailyMail, both parties are long away apart from striking a new deal, with Mount wanting a contract that reflects his credibility at the club.
The 24-year-old Englishman would like to triple his salary, which will make him one of the highest earners in the club. But Chelsea are not agreeing with it.
Kante’s contract expires at the end of the season, Chelsea will like to offer him a new contract with the hopes he will able to play a crucial role in the future.
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