In a whirlwind of transfer rumors, Real Madrid is said to have their eyes on a familiar face. According to Spanish media outlet Fichajes, the La Liga giants are chomping at the bit to snatch up Chelsea’s Croatian midfield maestro, Mateo Kovacic, on a free transfer in the summer of 2024, should his contract with the Blues run out.
The 28-year-old midfield dynamo has been a rock in Chelsea’s midfield since he first graced Stamford Bridge on loan back in 2018.
After forking over a cool £40.5 million to secure his services permanently, Kovacic has gone on to become a key cog in the Blues’ machine, racking up 216 appearances and playing an instrumental role in their fairytale 2021 Champions League victory.
But as the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Chelsea’s extravagant spending spree has left them in a financial pickle, with the club needing to offload several players to comply with financial fair play regulations.
The Blues’ owner, Todd Boehly, is reportedly preparing to trim the fat, with as many as eight players potentially facing the axe to balance the club’s bulging wage bill.
Kovacic’s name has been tossed into the ring as one of those facing the exit door. Despite Chelsea’s apparent interest in extending the Croatian’s contract, the word on the street is that Kovacic himself may be itching for a new challenge, especially given the Blues’ recent slump in form.
Real Madrid Eyeing Sensational Return for Chelsea Midfielder
Enter Real Madrid, who are said to be keen on reuniting with their former star. With midfield stalwarts Toni Kroos and Luka Modric approaching the twilight of their careers, Los Blancos are on the hunt for a worthy successor, and Mateo Kovacic fits the bill. With his silky skills and pinpoint passing, the Croatian could be just the tonic for an aging Real Madrid midfield.
However, there’s a catch. Real Madrid are reportedly only interested in snapping up Kovacic on a free transfer, while Chelsea would prefer to cash in on their prized asset rather than risk losing him for nothing.
To complicate matters further, a host of top clubs – including Manchester City, Manchester United, and Liverpool – are also said to be circling like sharks, ready to pounce on the talented midfielder.
With the clock ticking and a game of transfer poker unfolding, it remains to be seen where Kovacic’s future lies. Will he opt for a return to the glitz and glamour of the Santiago Bernabeu, or will Chelsea manage to strike a lucrative deal with one of their Premier League rivals? Only time will tell, but one thing’s for sure – this transfer saga has all the ingredients for a nail-biting finale.