The Croatian midfielder is apparently available this summer after failing to get regular game time with the European champions.
He signed for Madrid on a six-year deal back in 2015 so still has plenty of time left on his contract – and that may explain why they’re only willing to let him go on loan.
But Chelsea appear close to tying up a loan deal for Kovacic, which would see him join Maurizio Sarri’s side until the end of the season.
And if that goes well, it could lead to Kovacic sealing a permanent switch to the Stamford Bridge outfit.
Upon hearing the news that a move to Chelsea is imminent, supporters are getting very excited on Twitter:
If Kovacic is going to be a panic buy then we need to make these kind of panic buys more often every transfer window
— َ (@HazardEdition) August 7, 2018
Kovacic to Chelsea? Yes please.
— ` (@CescMagician) August 7, 2018
Jorginho – Kanté – Kovacic is some midfield though. With Barkley impressing Sarri, you wonder where that leaves Ruben.
— CarefreeDaily. 🚬 (@CarefreeDailyFC) August 7, 2018
Kovačić to Chelsea good for 2 reasons:
1. Fits like a glove in a Sarri system, especially next to Jorginho & Kanté.
2. Kovačić should have a chip on his shoulder, a point to prove. And if he doesn’t, back to Madrid he goes.
— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) August 7, 2018
Matteo Kovacic Propaganda time.
Suited to every midfield role ( played attacking mid at inter )
• Fantastic Dribbling
• Great Passing
• Strong Runner with the ball
Kovacic – Jorginho – Kante will arguably be the best midfield in the premier league. pic.twitter.com/LxCkHwV4R2
— — (@CFCPys) August 7, 2018
Yeah it's looking good mate. Got some good upgrades from last season with Fabinho and Keita so hopefully we'll be even better. I see that Chelsea are going for Kovacic, always rated him, would be quality.
— George (@George___Owen) August 7, 2018
Even if there is no “ Option to buy “ with Kovacic it doesn’t mean we can’t buy him next season, and if not, we move onto another midfielder, it’s a win win, we get a quality midfielder for atleast a season.
— — (@CFCPys) August 7, 2018
Kovacic can play in any of the midfield roles under Sarri which is what excites me. Quality player plus has that versatility. Don't think the move will hinder the chances for RLC or Barkley much at all
— Michael Young History (@F_IN_2095) August 7, 2018
Seen many doubt a Kovacic/Jorginho/Kanté midfield, but I think it'll do a lot of damage. People forget Kovacic's end product was quality in an advanced role at Inter. Needs to do the same at Chelsea.
— RG (@registability) August 7, 2018
Kovacic and fekir would be an excellent end to the transfer window, adding much needed quality to the team. Make it happen @ChelseaFC
— ForzaChelsea (@ChelseaTalk8) August 7, 2018
Kovacic loan would be superb. As long as it doesn’t go Quaresma style. #CFC
— BluesBrotherSW6 (@BluesBrotherSW6) August 7, 2018
Seeing our lot get over excited with Kovacic is brilliant, have they forgot what happened with Golovin?
— Sam (@sjohnsoncfc) August 7, 2018
Would be immense for Chelsea if they manage to snatch Kovacic at the end. Brilliant possession hoarder.
— Franklin. (@asantekente_) August 7, 2018
Kovacic Kante Jorginho
Brilliant midfield that would be.
— KWBK (@_Kenny_Kerr_) August 7, 2018
A midfield trio of Kante – Jorginho – Kovacic
Brilliant deal, he can play in a 3 man midfield really well and likes to get forward as well. Perfect addition to SarriBall 😍
— Keith Watkins (@KeithWatkins_) August 7, 2018
Kovacic made 109 appearances for Real Madrid over the last three seasons, but was never a regular starter under Zinedine Zidane.
He did gain some very valuable experience though, winning one La Liga title and three Champions League trophies in that time.