Hijack: Chelsea should swoop for Kovacic

Hijack: Chelsea should swoop for Kovacic

According to the Daily Star, reporting via Marca, both Manchester United and Liverpool are considering offering Mateo Kovacic a way out of Real Madrid this summer.

Kovacic has enjoyed a fine summer, having reached the World Cup final with Croatia. However, that success looks to have done nothing to improve the 24-year-old’s chances of establishing himself in the starting XI at the Bernabeu.

With the likes of Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Isco and compatriot, Luka Modric, ahead of him in the queue, a move would be the best thing for Kovacic at this stage of his career.

With the Premier League looking a likely destination, top English clubs should be falling over themselves to land the Real Madrid man.

New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has already added Jorginho to his midfield ranks, but more work in the centre of the park needs doing if the Blues are to make themselves title contenders again. The capture of Kovacic would be that extra injection of quality needed at Stamford Bridge.

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With Cesc Fabregas ageing; Tiemoue Bakayoko having flopped in the Premier League so far; Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s future in doubt; and the likes of Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barkley looking a long way from establishing themselves in the first team, Chelsea’s midfield is lacking reliable creative options.

Kovacic would bring extra energy and inventiveness to Stamford Bridge. His attacking instincts would prove vital to Sarri’s team, but the player’s tidiness on the ball and defensive discipline also ensures that he wouldn’t become a burden when his team are under pressure.

Transfermarkt value the Croatian at £27 million, and his signing would represent a smart bit of spending on Chelsea’s part.

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