Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has agreed personal terms with the current English Premier League champions, Manchester City.
The Citizens are expected to agree on a fee after the Champions League final against Inter Milan in Istanbul, Turkey. Chelsea are likely to demand around €30-40 million.
The Croatian international is out of contract on June 30, 2024, and Chelsea are looking forward to offloading players with 12 months left in their contracts.
Mateo Kovacic confirmed on June 8, 2023, that he is looking forward to a change of environment after enduring a bad season with Chelsea, with Manchester City going to be his next destination.
Mateo Kovacic struggled to play under Thomas Tuchel, Graham Potter, and even interim manager Frank Lampard.
Chelsea finished the 2022-2023 season in 12th place, a staggering 27 points off fourth place on the Premier League table.
Ahead of his move to Manchester City, the Croatian heaped praise on the Pep Guardiola team, labeling them as a top team in the Premier League and saying they deserved to be in the Champions League final.
The club is in search of a midfielder, with Ikay Gundogan likely to leave the club amid interest from Arsenal, Barcelona, and clubs in Saudi Arabia.
Kovacic may be coming in to replace the German. Mateo Kovacic is a ball-playing central midfielder who is capable of playing behind any striker.
He will surely thrive under Pep Guardiola. He can play anywhere in the Manchester City midfield.
Mateo Kovacic’s age
The midfielder was born on May 6, 1994, in the city of Linz, Austria. He is currently 29 years old.
Mateo Kovacic Injury
While he was at Inter Milan in the 2013/14 season, he had a knee problem and was out for seven days, missing just one match.
At Real Madrid, the player was out for 101 days, missing 18 matches in that process.
In the 2018/19 season, the player was out for 31 days, missing two matches while playing for Chelsea. In the 2019/20 season, he was out for 116 days and missed three matches.
In the 2020–21 season, he suffered a muscle injury and was out for 33 days, missing nine games.
In 2021/22 season, he suffered countless injuries and was out for 63 days. In the just-concluded season, the midfielder was out for 35 days, missing eight matches.
Mateo Kovacic’s market value and his weight
The Croatian midfielder’s current market value is $40 million. In terms of his market value, he is ranked number 9 at Chelsea. The player’s weight is 80kg.
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