Chelsea are yet to begin their contract negotiations with midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who has just about 16 months left.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that the Blues are considering offloading Mateo Kovacic, to rebuild their midfield amid interest from Manchester City and Bayern Munich in the midfielder.
According to the Evening Standard, the Blues are looking at signing a new defensive midfielder.
After acquiring Enzo Fernandez from Benfica in January for £106.8 million, they will need to begin balancing their books.
That took their spending to over £600 million since Todd Boehly became their co-owner in May last year.
Chelsea willing to sell Mateo Kovacic
The Blues are now considering a potential sale of Kovacic, who’s receiving attention from Manchester City and Bayern.
The club reported a £121 million loss last season, partly due to government sanctions against former owner Roman Abramovich, which followed a £153 million loss in 2020/21.
Thus, the London club will now be looking to make some profits by selling one of their key midfielders.
As for the player, Kovacic is considering his options at the moment, with the World Cup semi-finalist preferring a stay in the Premier League if he leaves the London giants.
Kovacic is in a similar position to Mount this summer, although unlike the England midfielder, the Croatian has yet to be offered a new contract by Chelsea.
There’s expected to be no shortage of suitors lining up for the Croatia international’s services in the upcoming summer transfer window.
Germany powerhouse Bayern Munich could join the race to sign Kovacic, as per the Telegraph.
With Thomas Tuchel recently taking charge as Bayern’s new manager, the former Blues manager is plotting a reunion at the Allianz Arena by bidding for Kovacic.
Manchester City have also been mentioned as a potential suitor, with Pep Guardiola said to be a big fan of the midfielder.
Chelsea are unlikely to want to sell to a direct rival, but if they recoup a lucrative fee from City, they may have no choice but to take the money for Kovacic rather than lose him for free next summer.