“Been told…” – Fabrizio Romano says Chelsea development now “really close” to being completed

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“Been told…” – Fabrizio Romano says Chelsea development now “really close” to being completed

Prominent journalist Fabrizio Romano reports that there are strong indications of Chelsea’s midfielder Mateo Kovacic nearing a transfer to Manchester City during the upcoming summer.

Kovacic latest on Chelsea departure

Chelsea had a highly disappointing season in the Premier League, unexpectedly finishing 12th in the standings. The team’s struggles can be attributed to various factors such as managerial problems, underwhelming individual performances, and questionable signings. To bounce back in the 2023/24 season, significant improvements are required.

Mateo Kovacic, like several other players, experienced a considerable decline in form, failing to showcase the level of influence he had demonstrated in the past. Additionally, injuries limited his participation to just 17 starts in the league, preventing him from making a substantial impact and contributing to Chelsea’s mediocre performances.

As Kovacic’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires next year, this summer represents the club’s last opportunity to receive a transfer fee for his services. Recent reports strongly suggest a potential move to Manchester City, and it appears to be only a matter of time before the transfer is finalized.

Man City close to signing Kovacic

In a recent Twitter post on Thursday, Fabrizio Romano stated that personal terms between Mateo Kovacic and Manchester City are nearly settled. He further added that the transfer to the Premier League champions seems highly likely and almost certain to happen.

“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. Man City and Chelsea will be in direct contact to discuss the fee. Kovacic will leave.”

The potential departure of Mateo Kovacic from Chelsea presents both positive and negative aspects. On the positive side, the 29-year-old midfielder is undeniably talented, highlighted by his Champions League victory with Chelsea. His impressive record of 93 international caps for Croatia speaks volumes about his quality and durability, while his skill and composure in the midfield are unquestionable.

However, it is worth noting that Kovacic has encountered significant struggles over the past year. Some may argue that Chelsea is selling him after his peak, considering the current circumstances where it would be more beneficial to receive a transfer fee rather than lose him on a free transfer next summer.

While Kovacic has the potential to thrive at Manchester City, thanks to his intelligence and ability to maintain possession even in tight spaces (as evident from his 90.8% pass completion rate for Croatia in the 2022 World Cup), it might be the right time for Chelsea to allow him to depart.

“Been told…” – Fabrizio Romano says Chelsea development now “really close” to being completed

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