Manchester United are keen on signing Mateo Kovacic next summer and the Croat is open to the prospect of moving to Old Trafford, according to reports.
Jose Mourinho recently made it clear that he would prioritise adding to his midfield options over the summer ahead of Michael Carrick‘s retirement and possible departure for Marouane Fellaini, whose contract expires in June.
And Kovacic has been on the 55-year-old’s radar since last summer after impressing during Real Madrid’s double winning campaign.
According to M.E.N‘s Alex Porter, Man United have continued to target Kovacic ahead of the summer transfer window.
Madrid aren’t prepared to sell him for any price but the 23-year-old wanted to leave last summer and, with just one La Liga start to his name all season, you can only imagine his desire to find regular minutes elsewhere has grown.
The Champions League winners don’t want to sell him for a reason: he is one of the most exciting midfield prospects in the world.
Too exciting, in fact, to be sitting on the bench. And Kovacic is a player Mourinho typically likes: naturally hardworking, efficient on the ball, capable of disciplining himself in midfield as well as acting as the springboard for counter-attacks.
United have been linked with a litany of midfield names ahead of the summer, and none of them fit the bill better than Kovacic.