AC Milan’s Sporting Director Massimiliano Mirabelli was in the Santiago Bernabeu to watch Mateo Kovacic and Alvaro Morata during the Champions League semi-final.

According to a report in Sport Mediaset, Mirabelli was in attendance for Real Madrid’s 3-0 thrashing of local rivals Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Semi-final, with the objective of keeping an eye on Mateo Kovacic and Alvaro Morata.

Another objective of this trip was to also help strengthen relations between the two clubs for further business in the future. Both Kovacic and Morata have reportedly been in AC Milan’s sights for a while now and the Rossoneri had already made contact with Morata’s representatives previously.

Morata is seen as an ideal candidate to lead their line for the long term as a part of AC Milan’s new project, given that he has featured little for Real Madrid this term and the Serie A giants would be willing to invest huge sums of money in the 24-year-old.

Mateo Kovacic, like Morata, has featured far lesser than he would’ve liked and has previously spent 3 years at the San Siro before joining Real Madrid in the summer of 2014. AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani even tried to sign him last year in the summer transfer window.

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 29: Mateo Kovacic of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring Real's 1st during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Sociedad de Futbol at the Bernabeu on January 29, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Mateo Kovacic celebrates after scoring Real’s 1st during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Sociedad de Futbol at the Bernabeu on January 29, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Picture Courtesy – Getty Images)

Kovacic, who has spent 3 years at the San Siro with fierce rivals Inter Milan, has never been able to hold down a spot in the starting XI under Zinedine Zidane and has to compete with James Rodriguez, Isco, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos for starting spots.

Neither of them featured over the course of the game, but Spanish publication AS report that Mirabelli met up with Morata’s representatives to let them know of AC Milan’s interest in securing the services of the Spaniard in the upcoming transfer window.

Morata and Kovacic are both young, talented and most importantly, have had previous experience of playing in the Italian top flight. Their acquisition would also deal a blow to Serie A rivals Juventus and Inter Milan respectively, which would  serve as an added bonus.

Neither of them have featured as much as they would like since joining Real Madrid and a move away from the Spanish Capital seems like an attractive option and a move back to a familiar league might be just what they need to get their career back on track.

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