Mateo Kovacic, a midfielder for Chelsea, is reportedly interested in making a surprise summer transfer to Manchester City, and he has offered his services to AC Milan.
Italian newspaper Pianeta Milan has reported that Kovacic is keen on relocating to the San Siro. Others say Kovacic met with Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara, the leaders of Milan, in London last week.
Last week, Milan faced Tottenham in the Champions League, and Kovacic made his case to join the club this summer. This is a rather daring statement, but maybe Kovacic is desperate to leave Chelsea this summer.
With just 18 months left on his Chelsea deal, the Croatian may soon decide it’s time to go on. As he previously flourished with Milan’s archrivals Inter Milan, a transfer to the latter club would be met with much controversy.
In the event that Maldini and company decide to pursue a new midfielder, Milan aren’t ruling out a trade for Kovacic. Kovacic, who is now 28, has started Chelsea’s past three games and seems to have a significant role for Graham Potter.
Kovacic’s contract at Chelsea is up at the end of the season, therefore he may leave the club as Jorginho did in January. Last week, The Telegraph claimed that Manchester City are interested in signing Kovacic, which would be a major surprise.
Kovacic is a very talented midfielder who fits Pep Guardiola’s City system, thus he may be a bargain for the club. West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice called Kovacic “amazing,” suggesting that the Croatian may replace the out-of-contract Ilkay Gundogan.
Kovacic’s transfer to a competitor might be seen as analogous to Jorginho’s joining Arsenal. Kovacic’s apparent desire to return to Italy, to the point where he might join Inter’s rivals, presents an issue for City.
There’s no denying City’s allure, but if reports of a meeting with Milan from last week are genuine, fierce competition might soon ensue.