Manchester City talk to Kovacic before agreeing on a fee.

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Manchester City have stepped up their bid to sign Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic after opening talks with the Croatian.

The fee is still to be agreed. But Chelsea have allowed the 29-year-old to speak to the Premier League champions. As they begin to clear a squad that is too big to be ready for Mauricio Pochettino’s official start date on July 1.

The Daily Mail reported last month that. Kovacic had emerged as Pep Guardiola’s main target and Manchester City were monitoring the Croatian international UFABET

Bayern Munich have shown an initial interest while he is on Manchester United’s radar. However, he is keen on a move to Guardiola and a deal is expected to be reached.

After Jude Bellingham identified his desire for a move to Real Madrid, City explored other midfield options. They also offered captain Ilkay Gundogan a new contract. But the German has also had offers from Arsenal and Barcelona to consider.

Kovacic has just one year left on his contract. He has made 221 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions since joining from Real Madrid on an initial loan in 2018.

The move was made permanent a year later for £45 million.

Manchester City’s main target is Jude Bellingham, Borussia Dortmund midfielder. But with this footballer attracting interest from many clubs. Including Liverpool and Real Madrid. This led them to view Kovacic as a suitable top-class option.