Report: Everton preparing €15m bid for Inter midfield star

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Inter Milan midfielder Mateo Kovacic is reportedly a transfer target for Everton.

The 20-year-old Croatian international is already a veteran of over 150 professional games, and his form in Serie A has led to reports of interest from a number of Europe’s biggest clubs.

It was confirmed by Inter head coach Roberto Mancini via that Kovacic had been the centre of formal offers during the January transfer window, amidst reports in the Daily Express of interest from Manchester United and Arsenal. Nothing came of the reports back then, but the youngster will be linked with a departure from the San Siro for a number of years - likely until he does actually leave.

An attacking midfielder, Kovacic has scored eight goals and assisted eight more in 84 games for Inter, having arrived at the club in January 2013. Prior to that move, he played with boyhood club Dynamo Zagreb, progressing through their academy to make 63 appearances. He won his first international call-up to Croatia’s senior side just after his transfer to Italy, and has since totalled 18 games, although he is yet to find the back of the net.

His contract runs until 2019, and Inter have no need to sell Kovacic, especially in the knowledge that his worth will keep increasing as performance levels continue to rise. A move has yet to come about despite alleged interest form such respected clubs as United and Arsenal, but it seems that has not stopped a surprise Premier League club from preparing an offer for the attacking midfielder.

As reported by the Guardian, Kovacic is the centre of a transfer negotiation planned by Everton, who are preparing a €15 million offer for the youngster. The report claims that Inter have no real intention of selling Kovacic in the coming months, although it is stated that they will re-evaluate this decision if the youngster fails to improve and make a notable impact upon the first-team set-up.

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