An exclusive update provided by Fabrizio Romano revealed that Bayern Munich was once in the running to secure the services of Mateo Kovacic. However, they swiftly withdrew from the race upon learning of the player’s unwavering desire to join Manchester City and work under the guidance of Pep Guardiola.
City’s Acquisition of Kovacic and Gundogan’s Departure
The transfer fee for Kovacic’s move to Manchester City is reported to be £25m. This acquisition bolsters Pep Guardiola’s midfield, especially considering the departure of Ilkay Gundogan to Barcelona. Romano revealed that Gundogan was a target for Arsenal and several Saudi clubs. City had also intended to extend Gundogan’s contract, but the German midfielder ultimately accepted Barcelona’s offer. Gundogan has signed a two-year deal with the option for an additional year and an eye-watering €500m release clause.
Romano further disclosed that Bayern Munich approached Chelsea to inquire about Kovacic’s availability. However, the lure of working with Guardiola seems to have been the decisive factor for Kovacic.
Gunners Hopeful of Rice Arrival as City’s Midfield Strengthens
With Manchester City securing the services of Kovacic, some fans have been pondering how this transfer might impact the pursuit of Declan Rice. Romano suggests that, as of now, the situation remains largely unchanged. City is aware of Rice’s situation. However, Arsenal maintains their status as favorites and is expected to make a third bid for the West Ham captain.
Gunners fans will undoubtedly be hoping that their club retains pole position in the pursuit of Rice. The addition of Rice to Arsenal’s squad could potentially prove to be a game-changer in the title race. On the other hand, Manchester City’s midfield would become an unstoppable force if they managed to secure both Kovacic and Rice as replacements for the departing Gundogan and Bernardo Silva.
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