Manchester City’s hunt for a new central midfield player continues to dominate their summer window, and a recent report from the Spanish media outlet Marca suggests that they could be set to miss out on a fantastic central midfield player.
According to the report, Chelsea are closing in on a deal to sign Mateo Kovacic this summer on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid. The Croatia international has been the subject of intense speculation linking him with a move away from the Bernabeu this summer, and it appears that his future has finally been resolved.
However, until a deal has been officially concluded there is still time for Man City to hijack Chelsea’s proposed deal, and that’s exactly what the club must do if they wish to give themselves the best possible chance of competing for the Champions League this season.
There is no doubt that Fernandinho is well placed to anchor City’s midfield this season, but without adequate cover he could struggle to match the standard he has set for himself throughout his illustrious career in Manchester thus far.
If the Brazil international suffers an injury during the season City will be forced to expect the likes of Fabian Delph, Ilkay Gundogan and even John Stones to provide cover.
But considering Delph will be expected to cover at left-back, Stones’ lack of experience in defensive midfield and Gundogan’s preference to operate slightly further forward than Fernandinho, it’s fair to say Guardiola is taking a risk by not signing another midfielder.
With Kovacic seemingly available for transfer on a season-long loan deal, Guardiola needs to remind himself that there is almost no risk associated with bringing him to the Etihad Stadium.
Like Fernandinho, Kovacic (valued at £27 million by Transfermarkt) is an all-action box-to-box midfielder with a superb range of passing and positioning sense, so he would have no problem either slotting into City’s midfield to cover the Brazilian or operating in a more advanced role.
If City allow Kovacic to move to Chelsea without a fight it seems almost certain that he will thrive at Stamford Bridge and finally live up to the potential which he has shown in sporadic bursts at Madrid and, by the end of the 2018/19 campaign, he will leave Guardiola with a deep sense of regret.
With the above points to consider, City should exact their revenge on Chelsea for the Jorginho saga by snatching Kovacic from their grasp before the Thursday deadline.
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