Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has reportedly offered himself to Serie A champions AC Milan as he looks for a future away from Stamford Bridge this summer.
The Blues are undergoing a major revamp as they look to challenge for major honours once again, having spent in excess of £500m already since Todd Boehly took charge of the club last summer.
Enzo Fernandez has arrived, along with young midfield trio Andrey Santos, Cesarei Casadei and Carney Chukwuemeka having all been recruited in the last two transfer windows.
And Chelsea are expected to add further in midfield, amid links to Frenkie de Jong and Declan Rice, which could lead to more departures in central areas.
One of those could be Kovacic, who is set to be out of contract in 2024 and has been linked with a move to Manchester City in recent weeks.
Now, the Croatian, who scored against Leicester City last weekend, has reportedly offered himself to Italian side AC Milan, amid reports that he ’intends to leave the Blues at the end of the season’.
Kovacic spent two seasons in Milan, albeit with city rivals Inter, and ‘he would welcome a return to Milan’ should the opportunity present itself.
With just 18 months left on his contract, and Chelsea’s new policy to not let players stay at the club with less than two years on their deal, the Croatian could well be allowed to depart to raise funds for any further additions.
He is not alone, either, with Mason Mount’s Chelsea future increasingly uncertain and the 24-year-old in the same boat as Kovacic when it comes to his contract, though the Englishman has rejected several new offers.
Should the pair depart, it could lead to a major reshuffle in the Blues’ engine room.