Rumour Mill: Kovacic Deal On The Cards?

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According to Football.London, the rumours concerning Tottenham’s interest in signing Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic may actually be true.

Yesterday, while I was writing an article about the supposed Spurs interest in Kovacic, Football.London released an article claiming everything I was saying was untrue, yet today, they’ve changed their minds, stating it’s actually quite likely.

Mateo Kovacic is a 23 year old Croatian midfielder, who made 36 appearances for Spanish giants Real Madrid last season and is capable of playing nearly every midfield role.

Very recently, it was revealed that Spurs had contacted Madrid over the availability of the young Croat, but any deal hinged on the departure of Eric Dier, as reported by The Star.

Since, Tottenham have reportedly taken another strong stance on the Englishman, insisting he’s not for sale at any price, according to The Daily Mail.

So, why is a Kovacic deal all of a sudden back on the cards? Well, Football.London reckon it’s because of Real Madrid’s recent transfer activity.

It is claimed by SkySports that Real Madrid are due to confirm the signing of 20 year old midfielder Dani Ceballos on a six year deal this weekend, while at the same time Marcos Llorente has returned from his loan deal at Deportivo Alaves.

Now, Real Madrid have 9 players in midfield, which according to Football.London, is the reason Spurs feel they can swoop in for the versatile 23 year old Kovacic.

Additionally, it is claimed that Kovacic has simply fallen out of favour at the Santiago Bernabeu and Spanish newspaper Sport reckons Spurs could launch an opening bid of £22.1 million within days.

Although it is still believed that Real Madrid gaffer Zinedine Zidane does not want to sell, the sheer numbers in midfield partnered with the discontent on Kovacic’s part may be enough to force the French legend to sell.

However, the papers continue to link Spurs with Sporting Lisbon captain Adrien Silva, so there is still a lot of scepticism out on this one.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, it’s shaping up to be a very interesting transfer window and hasn’t it been great to see Spurs telling Manchester United to jog on not once, but twice already?


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  1. Of all the players Madrid have, Kovacic looks the least inspiring possible signing from them. We have Wanyama and Dier, neither of whom he could displace, he definitely couldn’t displace Dembele or Alli, we have the developing Winks and Onomah also likely to be looking game time. I would much prefer Barkley in terms of what he could offer in terms of his versatility but also with the idea of Barkley and Alli playing in front of Wanyama. From Madrid, I would take Isco or James Rodriguez if the price was right, Kovacic would be a step backwards.


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