Serie A giants AC Milan and AS Roma are interested in signing Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic.
According to report in Italian outlet Calciomercato, the Croatian is courting interest from Serie A giants AS Roma and AC Milan. Milan had sent Massimiliano Mirabelli to watch Real’s recent 3-0 victory over Atletico Madrid and he was one of the players they were hoping to witness in action.
Vincenzo Montella’s side reportedly see him as a player who could help improve their current setup and Kovacic may prove to be a good long term option for the very young and exciting side. Also, with their new owners, the Rossoneri will have no shortage of funds to spend on new players.
Luciano Spalletti’s AS Roma will be desperately looking for an influx in quality in their squad, having once again found themselves far behind Juventus. Kovacic’s arrival could facilitate more competition within the squad and he could also be a long term replacement for Daniel De Rossi.
The 23-year-old would also be familiar with the Serie A and the San Siro, having spent 2 seasons there with arch-rivals Inter Milan, making 97 appearances for them before moving to Real Madrid in the summer of 2015 for a reported €29 million.
He has since never been able to establish himself as a first team regular under either Rafa Benitez or Zidane. With the likes of Isco, James Rodriguez, Casemiro, Kroos and Modric in the team, it comes as no surprise that Kovacic has found himself on the bench more often than he’d like.
In just under 2 full seasons, he had made a total of 70 appearances for Real Madrid in all competitions and netted 3 goals in that time. He has started only 33 of those games, with 22 of those starts coming this season. Needless to say this would be frustrating for any player at a top club.
Last summer he was linked with a move away from the Bernabeu, with Roma, Liverpool and Juventus all rumoured to be interested. More recently, PSG were rumoured to be plotting a massive €45 million bid for Kovacic at the end of the current campaign.
After two seasons of no real progression, it might be time for Kovacic to consider a move away from the Spanish Capital in order to get his career back on track. At only 23 years of age, he still has time on his side to grow into his potential, but it doesn’t seem as if Real Madrid would be the best place to do it.