Report: Real Madrid face tough decision over Tottenham Hotspur target Mateo Kovacic

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur want Mateo Kovacic - and he could be forced out of Real Madrid.

Though Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has spoken of his desire to keep the double winning squad together this summer, it appears that the Champions of Europe are at risk of losing a player or two over the next few weeks.

Second choice striker Alvaro Morata is reportedly on Chelsea’s radar after they lost out to Manchester United for Romelu Lukaku (The Guardian). Meanwhile, reports suggest United are in talks with underused playmaker James Rodriguez (The Express).

And it appears that the future of Mateo Kovacic is also shrouded in doubt. With Zinedine Zidane preferring a trio of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro in midfield, the Croatian has been far from a regular starter in his two seasons at the Santiago Bernabau.

Real Madrid's Mateo Kovacic looks dejected after the matchMateo Kovacic (centre) faces an uncertain future

And although the former Inter Milan midfielder shone in the second half of last season as Zidane rotated the squad to compete on European and domestic fronts, it appears that regular first-team opportunities are still unlikely.

Forced out?

Spanish publication Sport claim that Kovacic could be about to fall further down the pecking order at Real. Marcos Llorente, a supremely talented defensive midfielder who spent last season on loan at Alaves, has returned to the capital and looks likely to be used as a back-up option for Casemiro next season.

Furthermore, ESPN claims Real are closing in on a deal for Betis star Dani Ceballos, Player of the Tournement at this summer's European Under-21 Championships in Poland.

Therefore, this boosts Spurs’ hopes of landing one of the summer’s most eye-catching deals. The Daily Star reported on Sunday that Tottenham Hotspur had opened talks with Real Madrid over the potential capture of Kovacic, though Sport add that he would cost far more than the mooted £22 million fee.

A dynamic and youthful midfielder blessed with excellent tactical intelligent, Kovacic would be an excellent fit for Mauricio Pochettino’s all-action side.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino likes young, technical and versatile midfielders

And Real’s abundance of midfield options means Spurs may have a realistic chance of getting their man.

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