After a significant advance in negotiations with the Chelsea star, Man City is confident in the Mateo Kovacic transfer.
Next season, the Chelsea star will begin the last year of his deal there.
They are also open to bids rather than lose the 29-year-old for nothing, with City being the front-runners to sign him.
Mauricio Pochettino, the new manager, has been entrusted with cutting players who don’t fit his playing philosophy.
After five years in West London, neither Chelsea nor Kovacic’s representatives have made much of an attempt to extend the player’s contract.
After reaching a personal agreement with the midfielder, talkSPORT believes Manchester City is optimistic that a trade is imminent.
As Pep Guardiola searches for midfield reinforcements this summer, Kovacic might become the club’s first acquisition.
Given that Ilkay Gundogan’s contract expires at the end of the month, there is growing uncertainty as to whether he will continue in his position.
The German has led City in huge games and has been a key player for them this year, but he has expressed reservations about the duration of a new contract at the Etihad.
Although Guardiola would want both, the concern of Gundogan leaving would be somewhat lessened by Kovacic’s presence.
The next step will be to reach an agreement on a price with Chelsea for the Croatian international, who may be offered for less than his worth.
Due to the former Real Madrid star’s contract issue and Chelsea’s need to get rid of players, City will try to take advantage and sign him to a less expensive deal.
The Blues’ asking price is yet unknown, but according to ESPN, it might be as high as £35 million, which would be acceptable to all parties.
Along with Kai Havertz, N’Golo Kante, and Mason Mount, Kovacic might be the most notable talent to depart.
The latter is eager to join Manchester United, with whom he has already reached a personal agreement.
Additionally, according to talkSPORT, the Red Devils and Chelsea have begun negotiations over a transfer cost.
Moises Caicedo and Manuel Ugarte have already been mentioned by Pochettino as potential alternatives.