Chelsea enquire about Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic as Maurizio Sarri begins search for alternative options to Aaron Ramsey
- Chelsea have asked Real Madrid about their Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic
- They are also interested in Aaron Ramsey but are looking for alternative options
- Madrid are reluctant to sell Kovacic despite his desire to leave them this summer
Chelsea have enquired about Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic as an alternative to Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey.
Sportsmail revealed last week that Chelsea are prepared to launch a transfer deadline move for Ramsey, who is likely to cost in the region of £30million.
The midfielder is in talks with Arsenal over a new deal and Chelsea are keeping an eye on the developments, but may opt to wait with Ramsey available on a free transfer next summer.
Chelsea have enquired to Real Madrid about their Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic
Chelsea are also considering a late move for Aaron Ramsey but are open to other options
Maurizio Sarri is already scanning the market for alternatives and Kovacic is a player he likes, having watched him closely during his days in Italy with Inter Milan.
The Croatian international has also attracted interest from Manchester City, who are considering stepping up their pursuit of him after missing out on targets Fred and Jorginho.
However, despite the player’s wishes to move on, the European champions are reluctant to allow him to leave the club this summer.
Maurizio Sarri (pictured) likes Kovacic and is keen to sign him if Ramsey commits to Arsenal
Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater is prepared to fight for his place even if Kovacic ends up signing, but is expected to leave on loan next week.
The Stamford Bridge club are also facing a battle to sign their long-standing target Gonzalo Higuain after his representatives held talks with AC Milan on Monday.
Higuain is likely to leave Juventus this summer, but the Serie A champions are hoping to recoup most of what they paid for him two years ago and have set a valuation of £53m.
Kovacic is desperate to leave in search of regular game time but Madrid are reluctant to sell