Report: Tottenham-linked Mateo Kovacic tells coach he wants exit

Mateo Kovacic (L) of Real Madrid CF competes for the ball with Roberto Roman Triguero alias Tito (R) of Deportivo Leganes during the Copa del Rey quarter final first leg match between Real...

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in Mateo Kovacic.

Mateo Kovacic of Croatia celebrates with his child following his sides victory in a penalty shoot out during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at...

According to Marca, reported Tottenham Hotspur target Mateo Kovacic has told Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui that he wants to leave this summer.

The Telegraph reported earlier in the transfer window that the Croatia international has a long-time admirer in Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Spanish outlet AS claimed less than a month ago that Spurs were one of five clubs to have asked about signing the 24-year-old.

If the North Londoners are genuinely interested then Marca's report on Sunday may be of interest, with the Madrid-heavy newspaper stating that Lopetegui has tried to convince Kovacic to stay in the Spanish capital but the former Inter Milan ace remains determined to leave.

The midfield star only started 10 Primera Division games under Zinedine Zidane last season, and was an unused substitute for their Champions League final win for the second season in succession.

Kovacic would be a fine addition by Tottenham. Question is, is it feasible?

According to The Daily Star, Real are demanding around £80 million for the Croat which, if true, is surely too steep for the Lilywhites, but perhaps not for Manchester City who have also entered the race.

Mateo Kovacic of FC Internazionale Milano looks on during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and Parma FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on April 4, 2015 in Milan, Italy.

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