In a recent tweet, respected journalist Fabrizio Romano stated that Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic is on the radar of Manchester City. It has been stated that Man City are keen on recruiting the Croatia international from the Blues this summer.
EXCL: Manchester City have opened concrete talks to sign Mateo Kovacic in the summer. Positive discussions took place with player’s camp in the last few days over personal terms 🚨🔵 #MCFC
Chelsea, open to selling Kovacic as part of midfield revolution. Talks will continue soon. pic.twitter.com/a9IL6NSdug
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 31, 2023
Kovacic’s Struggles At Stamford Bridge This Season
Kovacic has endured a tough campaign at the West London club as he has struggled to be a consistent performer for them at the centre of the park. The 29-year-old has found the back of the net on two occasions and picked up two assists in 37 matches for Chelsea this season across various competitions.
The Croat sensation has struggled to perform at a high level based on his average of 1.3 tackles, 0.7 interceptions, 0.6 clearances, 0.9 shots, 0.9 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per 90 minutes in Premier League football. He has even been tidy with his ball distribution after completing 86% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).
His current contract with the Blues will run out in the summer of 2024. Thus, it won’t be easy for Chelsea to retain his services beyond this summer.
Can Chelsea Boss Mauricio Pochettino Afford To Lose Kovacic?
Kovacic is a solid tackler of the ball and can time his challenges well to earn the ball back for his side at the centre of the park. He is full of energy and running in midfield but has struggled to perform at his peak over the next ten months.
The 93-time Croatia international can strike the ball with venom and precision from long range. He is primarily a box-to-box midfielder but can also fill in as an attacking midfielder or as a defensive midfielder if asked to do so.
Kovacic remains an important squad player for the Blues. However, he is not good enough to secure a regular starting spot in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad next season. Plus, the Croat sensation is on an expiring contract at Stamford Bridge, so Chelsea would be wise to cash in on him rather than risk losing him as a free agent next year.
Pochettino has enough options in his Chelsea midfield department and can definitely afford to lose Kovacic for a cut-price fee during the summer transfer period.