By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 16th July 2018
The Mateo Kovacic transfer odds have been shortened with the World Cup finalist’s odds of joining Manchester City now standing at 3/1.
City becoming Kovacic’s club after the summer transfer window had been betting at 4/1 when it opened but the price has been slashed since Chelsea pipped the Mancunians to the signing of Napoli’s Jorginho.
Kovacic has claimed he could leave the Bernabeu this year having been persistently linked with Pep Guardiola’s men.
“I believe the best thing for me would be to go to another club where I’d have the opportunity to play regularly as a starter,” the Croatian said during the World Cup.
Having joined Los Blancos in 2015, Kovacic has won three consecutive Champions League titles, La Liga and a host of domestic cup competitions.
However, he has struggled to nail down a regular place in the side ahead of World Cup Golden Ball winner and compatriot Luka Modric as well as midfield regulars Toni Kroos and Casemiro.
Opportunities then have been limited with the Croat completing 90 minutes just four times in La Liga last season with a further four appearances in Europe’s premier competition.
With 37 Primera Division starts in his three seasons at the Bernabeu, Kovavic averages just 12 starts per league campaign during his time at Real Madrid.
Kovacic to stay at Real Madrid was betting at 4/6 but his odds are now 5/6.
The versatile midfielder has found himself in familiar waters with his national side as well, where he contests with Ivan Rakitic and Marcelo Brozović for a place alongside captain Modric.
Croatia reached the World Cup final this summer – although Kovacic did not appear in the semi-finals nor the final due to a shoulder injury he sustained against Denmark.
Mateo Kovacic transfer odds: Jorginho to Chelsea slashed Kovacic’s odds
Chelsea announced the signing of new head coach Mauro Sarri alongside £50M Italian international Jorginho last Friday.
Manchester City were thought to be favourites for the 26-year old until Chelsea swooped in, agreeing a deal with Napoli for player and manager.
Multiple reports from The Times, Goal and Mail suggested City had already agreed a €50m deal for the Italian international before Napoli acted ‘unprofessionally.’
Our betting tip is Chelsea to secure a Top 4 finish next season which currently bets at 4/6.
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about many different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Sport Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.