Tottenham Hotspur’s desire to sign Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid may have felt a little overly ambitious initially.
President Florentino Perez stated after the La Liga giants sealed a stunning double season with as 12th Champions League title in Cardiff that he did not wish to lose any of his first-team stars. And what Perez wants, Perez usually gets.
Kroos, Modric, Isco and Casemiro are already ahead of Kovacic in the pecking order
The report claims that Tottenham are battling three Serie A giants, Napoli, big-spending Milan and Kovacic’s former club Inter, where he made his name before joining Real in 2015.
And it appears that the 23-year-old may be open to a move away from the Santiago Bernabau with the arrival of Real Betis playmaker Dani Ceballos, voted Player of the Tournament as Spain finished runners-up in the European Under-21 Championships, pushing him down the pecking order.
Kovacic has been used largely as a back-up since moving to the Spanish capital, starting just 27 La Liga games in two years. He has also made just eight starts in the Champions League in that time.
And Don Balon claims that Kovacic is more than aware that he needs regular game-time to secure a place in a hugely talented Croatia midfield ahead of the World Cup next summer. And this may make him consider his future at Madrid in the coming weeks.
Spanish paper AS claimed earlier this week that Madrid rejected a £22 million bid from Tottenham but, if Kovacic expresses a desire to leave, the La Liga champions may have little choice but to let him go.