Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern have reacted with Saturday evening delight to this one.
Despite his standing as one of the premier youngsters on the continent, a mega money switch to the Spanish capital from Inter Milan over the summer has not worked out quite as hoped for the 21-year old.
Ironically enough, he became a Los Blancos player under the stewardship of former Reds chief Rafa Benitez, though has fallen further down the pecking order under current coach Zinedine Zidane.
The engine room at the Santiago Bernabeu is packed to the rafters with high levels of talent and the Croatia international has been unable to force his way onto first-team proceedings often.
Is now the best time to go for Kovacic? Would he fit in well under Klopp?