Chelsea have been seriously affected by the transfer ban set by FIFA and one of the former managers, Antonio Conte could inflict more pain by stealing away Matteo Kovacic to Inter Milan.
The Italian coach who managed the Blues for two seasons has set his sights on the Croatian midfielder. Kovacic spent two years at the San Siro before earning a move to Real Madrid in 2015.
His move to the Santiago Bernabeu has not gone according to plan for him. The 26-year-old is reportedly still viewed as a rotational option whereas in Chelsea this past season, he received more first-team opportunities.
With Ruben Loftus-Cheek going down to a serious Achilles injury, it became imperative for the Blues to extend Kovacic’s stay and they somehow found a loophole out of the transfer embargo to do so.
Since the agreement to bring him in was made last summer, the South West Londoners have the option to purchase the midfielder’s rights permanently for around £26m. Kovacic has proven to be an able midfield general and could be a valuable piece for the team over the next few years.
However, Conte is looking to facilitate the Croatian’s return to the San Siro and the player is reportedly keen on taking up the offer as well. The Inter boss wants to raid the Manchester United ranks for Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez as well.
When asked about them, he replied, “I think now it’s very difficult to talk about this. For sure, we have a plan to try to improve the team. But it will be very important for the players, it will be very important to have a great will and great ambition, me, the players and the club, to try to reduce this gap.”