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Manchester City Hoping To Recruit This Chelsea Midfielder: Should Pep Move In For Him?

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In a recent report, The Evening Standard mentioned that Manchester City are hoping to recruit Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic. It has been revealed that Pep Guardiola’s side are eyeing a move to sign the Croatia international.

Kovacic’s Recent Form At Chelsea

Kovacic is having a difficult campaign at Stamford Bridge as he has struggled to be consistent for the Blues at the centre of the park. The 28-year-old has found the back of the net twice and earned one assist in 27 appearances for the Blues this season across various competitions.

The Linz-born talent has missed a few important games for Chelsea over the past eight months but has proven his worth at times by averaging 1.5 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 0.6 clearances, 0.8 shots and 0.8 key passes per game in Premier League football. He has even been excellent when distributing possession to his teammates, based on his pass success rate of 85% in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

Kovacic is under contract at the West London club until 2024. Hence, Man City have a good opportunity to land him on the cheap this summer.

Mateo Kovacic
BURSA, TURKEY – MARCH 28: Mateo Kovacic of Croatia reacts during the UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying round group D match between Turkey and Croatia at Bursa Buyuksehir Belediye Stadyumu on March 28, 2023 in Bursa, Turkey. (Photo by Ahmad Mora/Getty Images)

Should Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola Move In For Kovacic?

Kovacic is an experienced midfielder who can do a bit of everything at the centre of the park. He can get stuck in with some solid tackles to make life tough for the opposition and can sense the danger quickly to make a few timely interceptions for his team.

The Croat midfield ace can even strike the ball with power and precision from long range and has got the vision to create some inviting chances for others around him in the opposition half.

Kovacic knows the Premier League well by now and won’t take any time to settle into life at Man City. He has also won the UEFA Champions League trophy four times in his career and could help the Mancunian club get their hands on the famous European silverware in the coming seasons.

Kovacic suits Pep Guardiola‘s playing style and could even serve as an ideal replacement for Ilkay Gundogan, who is on an expiring contract at the Etihad. All in all, Man City should focus on moving in for the Chelsea star later this summer.

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