Manchester United have reportedly entered the race to sign Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic. The Croat is also a target for Manchester City when he enters the final 12 months of his contract at Stamford Bridge after this season.
According to The Guardian, Erik ten Hag wants to bring in a midfielder with Premier League experience and sees Kovacic as the ideal player. The Dutch coach has christian eriksen and Bruno Fernandes in Kovacic’s position, but wants to add more depth to midfield to make it stronger.
Manchester City had been leading the chase so far for the former. real Madrid star. Pep Guardiola has been a fan of the Croatian and now believes he can be Bernardo Silva’s replacement if he decides to leave this summer.
Bayern Munich are also in the running for Kovacic as Thomas Tuchel is interested in a reunion. The German coach worked with the midfielder at Chelsea and has requested the signing of the Croatian.
Chelsea have yet to offer a new contract to the Manchester United target
Mateo Kovacic will enter the last 12 months of his contract this summer and Chelsea have yet to offer him a new deal. He is interested in staying at the club, but recent events suggest his future lies elsewhere.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Kovacic said:
“I’ve been here for five years now, time flies, and I’ve been at Chelsea the longest of any club. I really feel at home. There’s nothing not to love in London. My family enjoy it, which it does easier”. for me. The food is ok, maybe not like Italy or Spain! But London is amazing. My son goes to kindergarten here in London, he enjoys it, the people are very nice. I can only say good things about London and England. We feel very good here.”
“‘I was lucky to be in great countries, great cities, new cultures, meet amazing people. I feel blessed to be able to experience so many nice countries. I learned many lessons, but most of all to respect all the people I was treated, I can be grateful, and tried to treat them the same way they treated me. Just be as courteous as I can, which isn’t always easy, but be myself. When I look at where I’ve been, it’s really amazing. I’m thankful for people I’ve known. It’s been a nice ride.”
The Blues signed him on loan in 2018 and made him permanent in 2019 after an impressive season under Maurizio Sarri.