Chelsea is reportedly demanding a fee of around £35 million to part ways with midfielder Mateo Kovacic, as Manchester City shows serious interest in acquiring the player, according to sources from 90min. The croatian midfielder has been an asset for whichever team he has played for. Big clubs like Real Madrid, Chelsea and the Croatian National team.
Discussions between the Premier League champions and Kovacic began last month,. Also, considering the midfielder has only one year remaining on his contract. Chelsea is preparing to negotiate a deal as they aim to finance their own midfield moves. The club has also shown interest in Sporting CP’s Manuel Ugarte, Brighton’s Moises Caicedo, and West Ham’s Declan Rice.
Manchester City, who have made progress in negotiations with Kovacic’s agent.They are not expecting to face any issues with the transfer fee. The two parties are close to reaching an agreement on personal terms. And City is optimistic about finalizing the deal in the coming weeks.
Is the £35m price tag fair for Kovacic?
Chelsea is fully aware of the need to raise funds and is willing to sell Kovacic this summer. Sources have confirmed that a price tag of approximately £35 million has been set for the Croatian international.
However, an official announcement is unlikely to be made until after the Champions League final. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola aims to avoid distractions ahead of the team’s important match against Inter on June 10th.
Kovacic, a former Inter midfielder, joined Chelsea on an initial loan deal from Real Madrid in 2018. Since then, he has made 221 appearances for the Blues, contributing with six goals and 15 assists across all competitions.
The 29-year-old croatian midfielder- Mateo Kovacic is now nearing a move to Manchester City. City is also preparing for a potential midfield reshuffle as Ilkay Gundogan continues to negotiate a possible free transfer to Barcelona.