Calciomercato ran this headline over a year ago : “Kovačić Failure: He is already for sale” the 23 year old Croation was also described as “an expensive reserve unable to make his mark who will probably will start again with a new team and a new project”.
Spurs and Sevilla were names as clubs that had enquired about the midfielder, if all else failed, then the boy could possibly return to Inter – that was mooted as a third option.
The report also mentions the possibility he could return to Inter Milan.
Also in 2016 AS Sport mooted a Spurs link saying that Poch favoured Mateo Kovačić for Champions League football.
Fast forward to 2017 and a rather process of elimination has this transfer not just reheated, but positively simmering. TOTTENHAM ON VERGE OF SIGNING REAL MADRID ACE!!!
Kovačić has struggled for game time at Real Madrid, which of course doesn’t make him a bad person. He made their starting XI 19 times last term and 8 times the season before.
Why has this one resurfaced? Kovačić could find himself edged out of the Los Blancos squad as Real steady themselves to sign Dani Cabellos from Real Betis.