Mateo Kovacic has stamped his value at the centre of the park for Chelsea, and has significantly had bright starts under Maurizio Sarri this term. But his future at Chelsea remains a huge hank and is currently up in the air.
It is unclear whether Chelsea can keep him for the long-term after snapping the Croatian up in the summer on a season-long deal. Originally, this was what the Blues agreed to with Real Madrid, with no option to tie him down permanently.
Chelsea can’t afford any slip-ups after a thrilling and brilliant start to this campaign, sailing on an unbeaten streak and Sarri, who has been hugely responsible for the transformation is keen on sealing a deal for the 24-year-old’s replacement.
Barcelona’s Denis Suárez has been touted to fill his slot should Kovacic pull out of the deal and return to Madrid next season.
Sarri tried to sign the Barcelona midfielder during his stint at Napoli, but was blown off by the Catalans.
Suárez has only featured just once for the Barcelona and has shown signs of worry over not being given enough play time.
Spanish outlet Marca says Sarri will move in to sign the player at the turn of the year, after failing twice to nab him when he was at Napoli.
A move to Valencia is reportedly on the cards and Napoli is said to still have kept a long-held interest in the disgruntled star since Sarri’s exit.