Chelsea star ‘really close’ to agreement with Manchester City

A long-time member of the midfield ranks at Chelsea is on the verge of agreeing personal terms with a direct Premier League rival, according to reports.

The Blues star in question? Mateo Kovacic.

Surprise speculation has of course begun to spread like wildfire over the course of the week to date, pointing towards Kovacic taking his talents to The Etihad.

As Pep Guardiola eyes engine room reinforcements with a view to next season - amid ongoing doubts surrounding the future of Ilkay Gundogan - Chelsea’s Croatian standout is understood to have been identified as a priority target.

Not only that, but the powers that be at Stamford Bridge are open to doing business with their counterparts on the blue half of Manchester.

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Late on Thursday, it should therefore come as little surprise to hear of fresh developments towards the transfer’s completion being confirmed online.

The info comes by way of transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, who has revealed that:

‘The agreement on the personal terms between Kovacic and City is really close, almost completed.’

Negotiations between the respective boards at City and Chelsea are, in turn, imminent, with Kovacic’s departure from the latter now all but assured.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

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