Chelsea are now in talks with rivals over deal for world class midfielder
CHELSEA are in talks with Manchester City over the sale of Mateo Kovacic, it has been claimed in the media.
Kovacic, 28, has entered the final 12 months of his contract at Stamford Bridge and is free to discuss a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs in January 2024. the club do not want to lose the man, but there is a feeling that he is ready to depart the club.
According to recent reports on German outlet Sport1, Kovacic is seeking a way out of Stamford Bridge and has reportedly told the board that he would like to leave.
Now – Fabrizio Romano reports positive discussions have taken place with Kovacic’s representatives over the last few days over personal terms.
talkSPORT understands that the board are now open to selling him as they look to trim their squad for next season.
If you believe the words of Reporter Iomie Stanley – the club would rather sell to a team abroad.
Stanley said: ‘Kovacic is a very gifted player that will have many options if he comes onto the market – so we would not be surprised to see him leave.
‘This CHELSEA is a working project and may need some time before they are winning the Premier League and Champions League again – and at 28 years of age – Kovacic knows he does not have too many more seasons at the top of the game that is for sure.
‘So even though Mauricio Pochettino is on his way to the club – Kovacic may feel that now is the best time to leave the club and seek a fresh challenge in the game.
‘The Blues will need to sign an adequate replacement if he does officially leave the club, but if he wants to go then let him go or he will not give everything for the club’
‘But we are shocked to see that Chelsea have entered talks with Man City as they would much prefer to sell to a team abroad.’
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