Chelsea target Mateo Kovacic to have medicals ahead of his loan move to Stamford Bridge

Chelsea target Mateo Kovacic to have medicals ahead of his loan move to Stamford Bridge

- Real Madrid star Mateo Kovacic is scheduled to have his medicals at the Stamford Bridge today

- He was said to have informed the Champions League winners he wanted to leave this summer

- The former Inter star will spend the 2018-19 season on loan at the west London club with an option to make the deal permanent

Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic is set to undergo medicals at Chelsea as he hopes to seal a loan move to the Stamford Bridge this summer.

The 24-yea-old joined Los Blancos in 2015 from Inter Milan but has was unable to secure his starting spot in the club.

He made 21 Spanish League appearances for the Galacticos last term and will be hoping to move to a club where he will be guaranteed more playing time.

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Fellow Premier League club side Manchester United are also said to be interested in the player but he prefers the west London club as his next destination.

According to the Sun Kovacic is due to land in London on Wednesday morning ahead of his physical examination, and could even be announced as a Blues player by the end of the day.

Blues new boss Maurizio Sarri made the Croatian star his priority as he starts to overhaul the squad he inherited from Antone Conte.

The Stamford Bridge outfit are still shopping a goalkeeper as Thibaut Courtois has gone AWOL since the wrap of 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia last month.

Meanwhile, they have made Athletic Bilbao shotstopper Kepa Arrizabalaga as their next target and they could be forced to pay a world record fee for the Spanish keeper.

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Reports claim that Kovacic's move was motivated by his desires to leave the Spanish club after telling Real he wanted to leave for the chance of regular first team football.

He found his chances limited because of the form and fitness of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric - leaving him with little option but to look elsewhere even though Real boss Julen Lopetegui wanted him to stay.

Confirming the news is Real's new boss Julen Lopetegui, saying: "It is true that Mateo (Kovacic) has expressed his desire to leave.

"I have expressed my desire to stay. If it comes out we'll see how we mould it." previously reported that Chelsea were on the verge of landing Real Madrid star Mateo Kovacic on a season long loan deal before the close of the summer transfer window.

The Blues have only managed to sign two players this summer Jorginho from Napoli and Rob Green who came into the club as a free agent.

However, with less than two days to the wrap of this summer's transfer window, the Stamford Bridge outfit are all out to fortify their squad to compete favourable for titles this season.

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