Manchester City are “really close” to agreeing personal terms with Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
The Italian journalist claims that the Premier League champions could soon enter direct talks with his club to negotiate the transfer fee:
More on Mateo Kovacic and Manchester City news revealed yesterday. Been told the agreement on the personal terms between Kovacic and City is really close, almost completed. 🚨🔵🇭🇷 #MCFC
Man City and Chelsea will be in direct contact to discuss the fee. Kovacic will leave. pic.twitter.com/sOd5iBLXNq
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 1, 2023
Supporters on Twitter are, on the whole, pretty pleased that Kovacic could soon be plying his trade at the Etihad Stadium:
What an upgrade for this man
— Miller (@okmcmiller) June 1, 2023
— Narrowboy (@GideonA55172137) June 1, 2023
Good signing but this defo means Gundo is leaving 😢
— Aswin Viswanathan (@CallMeAchu) June 1, 2023
Getting business done early, I like it.
— Adrian Ozzy (@ozzy_adrian) June 1, 2023
no more than 35m and it’s a good signing imo
— Ashton (@Ashton05638657) June 1, 2023
If pep want kovacic I will not argue with it, in Guardiola we trust.
— One 𝐕oice 🏆 (@ov_mcfc) June 1, 2023
— ً (@Haaland_Role) June 1, 2023
He’s gonna be a sleeper signing of the window. Very good player, reasonably priced and is probably a rotation player
— Robin (@mcfc_robin2) June 1, 2023
Kovacic only has a year left on his contract at the Blues so City have been rather opportunistic by deciding to go after the Croatian international.
He could still cost as much as £35m but manager Pep Guardiola is believed to be a big fan of the midfielder, and his arrival could mitigate the possible departure of captain Ilkay Gundogan.
The German international’s current deal expires at the end of next month and it is now looking increasingly likely that he will leave Manchester after seven years.