A report by TeamTalk, via an article in the Spanish publication Don Balon, states that Manchester United must beat off the advances of Roma, Liverpool and West Ham if they’re to land Mateo Kovacic.
The Real Madrid midfielder is thought to be open to a move having failed to make himself a regular first team starter during his time in the Spanish capital.
This state of affairs is possibly reflected in his international standing, as he has only started a single game for Croatia in Russia so far. Instead, Kovacic has mainly had to make do with introductions from the bench as his side have made their way to the quarterfinals.
Kovacic would be a star in any number of Premier League teams, but a move to Old Trafford probably isn’t the right one for him if the 24-year-old wants to make himself the main man again somewhere. A status he enjoyed and flourished under whilst at Inter Milan.
Mourinho has already invested heavily in his midfield this summer by bringing in the Brazilian Fred. Competition for places was already high in that part of the pitch as Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini spent last season battling it out for game time.
Kovacic is a player full of potential and currently valued at £27 million by Transfermarkt so even if Real were open to a sale, the Croatian wouldn’t come cheap.
Mourinho would be better off saving those funds to invest in areas of his squad that require more immediate attention – namely his defence.
Kovacic himself would likewise be better served by seeking a switch to a side that’ll happily make him the star of the show.