Chelsea set to battle Arsenal for the signature of Real Madrid ace Kovacic

Chelsea set to battle Arsenal for the signature of Real Madrid ace Kovacic

Oluwatomiwa Babalola
July 31, 2018 at 8:19 AM

- Chelsea jump in the chase for Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic this summer

- The Stamford Bridge outfit are hoping they can sign the Croatian should they miss out on signing Aaron Ramsey

- They have only signed Jorginho and Rob Green since the arrival of their new manager Sarri

FA Cup Champions Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Real Madrid star Mateo Kovacic before the start of 2018-19 season.

The Blues were earlier linked a move for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey who is yet to sign a new deal with the north Londoners.

Ramseh has just 12 months on his current deal with the Gunners and he is said to be negotiating terms for new deal.

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However, the Sun quoting Dailymail report that the Blues may have dumped their interest in the Welshman and decide to go for Kovacic, as they opt to wait and try to lure Ramsey across the capital in a year’s time for free instead.

Chelsea have only managed to sign Jorginho and Rob Green after the arrival of their new manager Maurizio Sarri and he is looking to add depth into his team in the midfield.

Sarri has played against the Croatian while managing Napoli and might be settling for the midfielder ace as an alternative to Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

Meanwhile, they have to be porepared to face from Premier League champions for the former Inter Milan star.

Reports claimm that City boss Pep Guardiola is not done in the transfer market as he hopes to land the Coratian after missing out on Fred and Jorginho earlier this summer.

Meanwhile, Danny Drinkwater is determined to stay at Chelsea - even if Kovacic arrives.

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Former Leicester City man Drinkwater is believed to have been made available by the Blues for around £20 million with his old club interested in re-signing him. earlier reported that Real Madrid have reportedly slammed a price tag of £80 million on Manchester City target Mateo Kovacic.

The 24-year-old has been impressive for Croatia in their quest for winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

They will battle 1998 winners France in the final of the 2018 edition of the competition later today at the Luzhniki Stadium.

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