The deal includes potential add-ons of up to £5m, and Kovacic has put pen to paper on a four-year contract with the club.
This marks City’s first signing of the summer transfer window following their impressive Treble-winning campaign, where they secured the Champions League, Premier League, and FA Cup titles.
Kovacic expressed his excitement about the move, stating, “This is a brilliant move for me, and I cannot wait to get started with City.”
In addition to Kovacic’s signing, Manchester City recently confirmed Ilkay Gundogan’s move to Barcelona on a free transfer. Meanwhile, City made a substantial bid of £90m, including an £80m upfront payment, for English midfielder Declan Rice, which was ultimately rejected by West Ham.
Kovacic added: “Anyone who has watched this team under [manager] Pep [Guardiola] knows how good they are – for me, they are the best in the world. The trophies they have won are clear for all to see, but they are also the best footballing side out there.
“To be joining this squad really is a dream for any footballer. I still have plenty of learning and developing to do, and I know under Pep’s management I can become a better player, which is really exciting for me.
“My plan now is to rest for a few weeks before coming back to Manchester to prepare for the new season. I want to help this club stay at the top and win more trophies.”
JUST IN! Vet center sue Chelsea’s £2bn stadium redevelopment (Details)
Military veterans have reportedly taken legal action to halt Chelsea’s £2 billion redevelopment of Stamford Bridge.
The club’s plans got approval in July after offering £50 million for the site adjacent to Stamford Bridge, where approximately 100 military veterans and their widows reside.
The veterans, angered by the prospect of being displaced, have escalated their efforts to thwart the sale.
They have sought an injunction to prevent the Stoll Charity trustees, who oversee the apartment block, from selling the property to Chelsea.
The veterans’ argument centers on how the sale would negatively impact the local community and harm residents, including vulnerable individuals who have served their country.
One resident, Matthew Bignell, 36, expressed his support for the injunction and his intention to stay in his home to show solidarity with fellow tenants.
Bignell stated that residents are prepared to face eviction rather than leave voluntarily.
This legal action by veterans is a setback for Chelsea owner Todd Boehly, who envisioned a significant stadium redevelopment that would increase capacity from 42,000 to 55,000.
It is another challenge following the club’s previous proposal to move to Battersea Power Station in 2012, which faced fan opposition and ultimately collapsed.
Two Man Utd stars plead for Sancho to apologize to Ten Hag to end exile
The host of the Manchester United star has urged Jadon Sancho to put an end to his feud with Erik ten Hag and issue an apology.
This comes after reports that the England winger has been banned from the club’s first-team facilities.
The dispute between Sancho and Ten Hag began on September 3 when the manager accused Sancho of inadequate training, leading to his exclusion from the matchday squad against Arsenal.
Sancho responded on social media, describing himself as a “scapegoat” and implying that Ten Hag was being dishonest.
Sancho has not played for the club since and was banned from first-team training. However, some teammates, including Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, and former captain Harry Maguire, have tried to intervene and encouraged Sancho to apologize to the manager.
They believe that apologizing is the best way to resolve the situation and get Sancho back on the pitch.
They sympathize with his feelings but recognize that some of his social media posts went too far. Sancho has been training and eating with academy players, but there’s no set date for his return to the first team.
While Ten Hag is reportedly willing to welcome Sancho back, it’s contingent on the winger issuing an apology. A source emphasized that resolving the situation hinges on Sancho taking this step, as the coach’s stance is firm.
‘You’re a disgrace!’ – Ramsdale’s father slams Carragher for mocking his son
Ramsdale was once again on the bench for Arsenal’s game against Tottenham.
During the match, Carragher sarcastically applauded a save made by Ramsdale’s replacement, David Raya:
“I thought it was like the Oscars, you know when someone loses the Oscar and they start clapping and smiling for the other person. I was laughing when I saw that.
“He’s absolutely devastated with that really.”
Ramsdale’s father expressed his displeasure with Carragher’s comments, highlighting the importance of supporting players rather than mocking them.
After the match, father Nick Ramsdale replied to a Tweet about Carragher’s comments:
“You are a Disgrace!! Show some class!! My lad has.”
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