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Chelsea set to sell Mateo Kovacic as Bayern Munich and City circle Croatian midfielder

Chelsea will sell midfielder Mateo Kovacic this summer, according to the Guardian.

The Blues have not progressed in their talks with the 29-year-old over a new deal and he is ready to end his five-year association with the club.

He initially arrived on loan from Real Madrid and was inconsistent under Maurizio Sarri. 

There was plenty of debate about whether to make his loan permanent, but Frank Lampard urged them to do it when he was appointed manager.

Kovacic signed for Chelsea on a five-year deal for around £45 million in 2019.

In his first season following his permanent signing, he was Chelsea’s Player of the Year.

Kovacic has become a stalwart in Chelsea’s midfield, even captaining them sometimes this season.

He was part of the Chelsea team that won the Champions League, the Super Cup and the Club World Cup.

The Croatian international won the Champions League, La Liga, Spanish Super Cup and more with Madrid.

Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Manchester United are interested in signing the midfielder.

Former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is the new manager of Bayern, and he could be keen on reuniting with Kovacic.

The Bavarians are looking for a new number six in midfield, and Kovacic is on their shortlist.

Man City have also shown interest in Kovacic. Pep Guardiola is looking for a replacement for Ilkay Gundogan, who will leave at the end of the season.

Chelsea have a bloated squad and will be looking to sell several stars this summer. 

After failing to make progress in their talks with Kovacic, he will likely be one of the players to leave given his contract expires next year.

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