Barcelona chief admits interest in Liverpool-linked Mateo Kovacic

Ariedo Braida has confessed that the Croat playmaker is someone that the Catalan giants are keeping an eye on.

Liverpool have been linked with a €22 million move for Inter playmaker Mateo Kovacic recently, as per ITV, with the Croatian midfielder seen as a player capable of boosting the Anfield club’s chances of finishing in the top four next season.

However, if Brendan Rodgers’ men are serious about signing up the talented playmaker, it looks like they should move to do it this summer.

The Premier League side could well face some stiff competition for Kovacic, as Barcelona director Ariedo Braida has admitted that the midfielder was on the Camp Nou club’s radar.

"For the moment I can not speak about it as there is nothing concrete to date,” he told

“Of course there is no denying that we like the player and that he has quality."

With the Catalan giants serving out a transfer ban that will see them unable to sign any new players until January 2016, Liverpool have a window to move quickly and secure Kovacic before Barcelona are able to make any approach.

Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he will look to bolster his squad’s contingent in the attacking third this summer, with the eastern European schemer highly rated.

Inter are facing some financial difficulties currently and have been penalised for not sticking to fair play rulings, and as such Kovacic’s sale would be appealing to the Serie A side from a fiscal perspective.

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