According to reports, Premier League Giants Chelsea have approached Los Blancos to inquire about the possibility of Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic moving to Stamford Bridge.
Maurizio Sarri, who replaced Antonio Conte as the manager of the Pensioners have only signed two players in this summer, Jorginho and Rob Green. Maurizio Sarri is already scanning the market for alternatives and Kovacic is a player he has bookmarked, having watched him closely during his days in Italy with Inter Milan.
The Croatian midfielder has also attracted interests from Manchester City, who are considering a move for him after missing out on their major targets like Fred and Jorginho. But it said that the new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is keen on adding Kovacic to his squad before the transfer window closes next Thursday.
It is said that Sarri expects a midfielder and a center-back to arrive at the Stamford Bridge, although the Pensioners will have to act fast if the likes of Thibaut Courtois and Willian are to leave this summer. Kovacic can turn out to be a younger alternative for Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey, who’s also on Pensioner’s transfer shortlist.
Kovacic, who is currently on a holiday after reaching the World Cup finals with European underdogs Croatia is yet to return to pre-season. The Croatian can turn out to be a good fit for an attack-minded role in Maurizio Sarri’s three-headed midfield.
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The issue for Kovacic at Madrid is he has three of the world’s best central midfielders ahead of him in the hierarchical order. With national teammate Luka Modric leading the attack, Toni Kroos providing balance and Casemiro leading the defense, the only time Kovacic gets to play is when either of them are unavailable.
However, even though Kovacic wants to leave Madrid to get more playing time, Los Blancos are not interested in letting him go. Kovacic saw his market value increase exponentially after he helped Croatia reach the finals of the World Cup. The midfielder played a key role for Croatia in the knockout stages as his team made it to the finals.
Kovacic is a classic playmaker with an amazing attacking threat, but at the same time, he has the immense potential to play ahead or behind that role. The Croat can play anywhere in the midfield from center to either of the flanks, he can do everything. Kovacic’s versatility is what makes him appealing to coaches everywhere he goes. Let’s see how things will work for him once he moves to Stamford Bridge.