Manchester City have agreed a £30m deal with Chelsea to sign midfielder Mateo Kovacic as their treble winning captain Ilkay Gundogan looks set to depart, while Chelsea begin their clear-out.
It’s all go in the transfer window as Pep Guardiola has taken no time to improve his squad, with the Croatian midfielder set to join for an initial fee of £25m with £5 in potential add-on fees. The arrival further casts shadows over Ilkay Gundogan’s City future with the German’s contract about to expire. Kovacic made 37 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions last season as the Blues finished 12th in a disappointing Premier League campaign.
New manager at Stamford Bridge Maurico Pochettino will look to do plenty of buying himself as Chelsea trim their squad to the extreme, freeing up wage bills and by the looks of it releasing the underperforming players from last season.
Arsenal, who looked set for a Premier League trophy for the most of last season, have agreed to sign German International Havertz from Chelsea for a fee worth around £65m.
It’s believed the forward who scored nine goals in 47 games for the Blues last season will discuss personal terms and undertake a medical. The 24-year-old joined Chelsea in 2020 for a deal worth £6 more, and proved worth it for Chelsea as he scored the winning goal in the 2021 Champions League final against Manchester City to earn his side the European title.
As he switches from blue to red and makes the move across to North London, some are jetting off further away from Stamford Bridge as the Saudi-Arabian clubs continue to dominate the transfer window early on.
Edouard Mendy, Hakim Ziyech and Kalidou Koulibaly are set to follow Ngolo Kante across the world as he signed for Al-Ittihad earlier this week. Callum Hudson-Odoi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are also rumoured to be heading in the same direction.
Saudi clubs are also interested in Thomas Partey from Arsenal and Angel Di Maria is set to return to Benfica - courtesy of Fabrizio Romano.
Elsewhere, Romano revealed that Paris Saint-Germain could trigger the buy-back clause for Xavi Simmons for just six million euros. More to come.