Chelsea Star Drops Massive Transfer Hint Amid Claims He Has Agreed Move To Manchester City

Chelsea Star Drops Massive Transfer Hint Amid Claims He Has Agreed Move To Manchester City

Manchester City target Mateo Kovacic has dropped the biggest hint yet that he will be leaving Chelsea this summer.

Speaking on international duty, the Croatian said that “everything” points towards him moving away from Stamford Bridge after five seasons:

“Everything is going towards the fact that, after five good years (at Chelsea), I will change. But in football, anything can happen. Right now, I’m focused on Croatia and the Nations League.”

“Manchester City is a top team and deserves to be in the Champions League final. That’s what I have to say. The summer is long; we’ll see what happens. Chelsea is phenomenal for me. I love the city and the fans; they love me. I have wonderful memories of Chelsea. We’ll see what happens.”

Journalist Fabrizio Romano confirmed on Thursday night that Kovacic has now “agreed personal terms” with City and a meeting to discuss a transfer fee with Chelsea is set to take place after the Champions League final on Saturday:

Kovacic’s contract situation makes the deal easier to negotiate

The 29-year-old has just over a year left on his current deal, so Chelsea are keen on selling him before he can leave on a free transfer at the end of next season.

It has been suggested that the Blues may hold out for a fee between £30m and £40m for Kovacic, but that is unlikely to be a problem for City.

Signing an experienced midfielder

With there being uncertainty over the future of captain Ilkay Gundogan, and reports that Bernardo Silva could also leave the Etihad in the coming weeks, bringing in Kovacic seems like a sensible move.

The Croatian international has made over 200 appearances for Chelsea, including 142 games in the Premier League, and he has played in a Champions League final as well. Kovacic will add experience in a position where they could soon lose a couple of important players.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.