Why this €50m-rated wantaway Real Madrid star could be perfect for Pep’s Man City

Mateo Kovacic
Mateo Kovacic

Why Mateo Kovacic to Manchester City could make more sense

Real Madrid and Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic has reportedly told new manager Julien Lopetegui that he wants to leave the club in search of regular game time.

The 24-year-old made 36 appearances last season and 39 before that, however, most of them have been from the bench, which has frustrated the World Cup runner-up.

There have been several Premier League clubs interested in the player, including Manchester United and Liverpool. With the Croat now clearly signalling his intentions, clubs should step up their pursuit for the player who has a release clause of €50m.

Manchester City meanwhile missed out on their top summer target Jorginho and will be eager to add to their defensive midfield department. Kovacic might just be the man for Pep Guardiola’s men to back Fernandinho up.

Here’s why the 24-year-old moving to the Etihad stadium will be a right move for both parties:

Mateo Kovacic

Player Analysis – Mateo Kovacic

Age – 24

Main Positions  – Central midfield, defensive midfield

Kovacic is a versatile midfielder who can perform various roles across the central areas of the pitch. He is a very refined ball carrier who can dribble past defenders in a flash, at an average of 1.7 per game, to open up spaces for a pass. The 24-year-old’s pass completion rate of 93.7% epitomises his reliability in possession. Not many can take the ball off him.

The Croat is a very diligent defender when not in possession, as he has the game awareness to block certain spaces required to be defended. Furthermore, he never shies away from a tackle, putting it in at a rate of 1.8 per game in the La Liga.

Mateo Kovacic

Kovacic is physically well-built to challenge for 50-50 balls in the midfield and come out on top. In Guardiola’s 4-3-3 system, he can be deployed as one of the central midfielders or as a defensive shield in front of the back-four.

Verdict

Overall, the Croat can be a fit in the high-intensity game of the Premier League champions. He possesses the attributes to not just be a cover for Fernandinho but also take that first-choice defensive midfield role.

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For the player, it will be a massive opportunity to come out of Madrid and play in England. If he performs well, no one can take the spot from him.

His determination to play games and prove his talent might just be the kicker Manchester City need if they are to buy a midfielder.

Stats Courtesy – Whoscored.com

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Chelsea signing either of this £80m duo as replacement for Courtois could be the biggest blunder

Klopp must simply splash £27m and land this World Cup star as Van Dijk’s partner at Liverpool