Mateo Kovacic could be used for a stunning player+cash swap deal by Real Madrid in January
The press mills down at the Daily Star have gone bonkers after rumours spilled out of Spain that Real Madrid are ready to revert back to type and unleash themselves on the transfer market after an unusually quiet summer.
According to these rumours, which really, really, ought to be taken with a pinch of salt, Florentino Perez is all set to give Real Madrid’s squad a massive boost in January by offering Mateo Kovacic on a swap deal to lure Dele Alli away from Tottenham Hotspur and to La Liga. With Daniel Levy likely to hold out for a fee in excess of £115 million for the talented young Englishman, Perez hopes that the inclusion of Kovacic in the deal will lower the price tag to a more manageable amount.
Mateo Kovacic is a criminally underrated midfielder whose transfer out from Internazionale (where he was the single most important player) hasn’t really worked out for the Croat as he’s been relegated to second choice behind countryman Luka Modric, Casemiro, and Toni Kroos.
Now sidelined with injury it appears that Dani Ceballos has stepped up to the mark with panache (he scored a brace against Alaves this weekend) and with Marcos Llorente too pushing for a place, Kovacic’s chances may be even more restricted this season.
Mateo Kovacic is an exceptional player and it is unlikely that Zidane will sanction such a sale – the Croat’s reading of the game is excellent and his ability to dribble the ball out of the back – under high pressure from opponents – is unparalleled.