This season has not been kind for midfielder Mateo Kovacic.
First, it was reported that Chelsea, the club he is currently on-loan with, has no plans to redeem him during the summer transfer window, considering he has completed just one Premier League match with the Blues since arriving at the beginning of the season.
That and the fact that Real Madrid – his parent club – is seeking around €50 million from Chelsea to keep him reinforces the belief that this will be Kovacic’s first and only season with Chelsea.
To pile on, it appears Kovacic is not necessarily in Zinedine Zidane’s plans for Real Madrid next season, meaning he likely won’t get a new contract when he returns to Spain.
Now, Calciomercato has reported Kovacic’s agent, Mario Namic has called both Inter Milan and Bayern Munich to offer his client to the teams next season.
Kovacic, as you may remember, spent two seasons with the Nerazzurri – from 2013 to 2015 – and had a strong showing in Milan during that time. So, it could be argued that Kovacic may make a return to the Giuseppe Meazza in an attempt to rekindle his career.
And, it’s no secret that Inter will be looking to bolster its weak midfield, especially after the latest experiment at midfield – Radja Nainggolan – has certainly not lived up to billing.
However, before we laud the opportunity for Kovacic to be reunited with Inter Milan, we have to consider whether he is the right player at the right time.
It’s no secret that his play at Chelsea has been less than stellar. That could be because of him, or it could be because Maurizio Sarri has been sparing with Kovacic’s playing time. This could go either way as Sarri has been under fire for making some poor decisions with the Blues … hello, Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Kovacic is a good age for a player – just 24 – but it is a little concerning that, in 40 matches, he has just two assists and no goals to his credit this season. You might think that someone with his potential could make something out of the average 53 minutes he spends on the pitch.
Kovacic’s price tag might be a little too much for Inter to swallow as well. If Real Madrid is willing to part with him for around €50 million to Chelsea, it would be wrong to think that would go down if Inter Milan were interested.
All of that said, it is certainly possible that Kovacic could have a career revival in Milan. Some would even suggest that his presence would instantly improve Inter’s midfield – then again, it couldn’t be a whole lot worse than it is right now.
I say it would be a big chance Inter would be taking on Kovacic. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but something to consider.
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