If exclusive reports coming from the London Evening Standard on Sunday afternoon are anything to go by, then Tottenham have been put on alert over the potential transfer of Croatian Mateo Kovacic.
It is understood that the 23-year-old Real Madrid midfielder could be allowed to leave the club this summer after failing to stake a claim for a regular first-team role since the arrival of Zinedine Zidane.
And the North London side have allegedly been made aware of Kovacic’s sudden availability ahead of a potential summer switch to the Premier League, with teams across Europe now being notified.
Would Mateo Kovacic be a good piece of business for Mauricio Pochettino?
To bring in somebody that is only 23-years-old but has already spent over two years playing for arguably Europe’s best side at the moment would be a huge statement of intent for Tottenham.
Kovacic has quietly gone about his development in the Spanish capital and has always seemingly been on the brink of something special – but he just hasn’t quite managed it yet.
In Mauricio Pochettino there’s a manager that is ready made to help him reach this potential and transform him into the perfect all-round midfielder, it’s just whether the Argentine will go for him.
The young Croatian has already earnt himself a reputation as an impressive distributor of possession, having a calm nature on the ball and quick enough feet to earn him vital space on the pitch.
Playing for Real Madrid has also improved his passing in tight spaces, meaning he could bring a higher tempo to Tottenham’s play and start – and finish – intelligent, tight and intricate passing moves.
There’s work that still needs to be done on his defensive play but he’s shown enough glimpses that he’s willing to work hard deep in midfield to breakdown opposition play and turn defence to attack.
And despite being transformed into a central midfielder at the Bernabeu since his move from Italian outfit Inter Milan in 2015, Kovacic has had an upbringing as more of a winger that could prove very handy.
In a sense he could do a job – and do it extremely well – anywhere in the Tottenham midfielder if required, and with Spurs looking to challenge in Europe next year this could be a massive blessing.
There are always going to be question marks over any potential new additions to Spurs’ midfield during the summer due to their strong starting eleven, but if injuries begin to happen as the long season goes on – or form dips – then they will need players of Kovacic’s raw quality to come in and have an impact.
If Real Madrid don’t see him as part of their future plans, and are content on letting him leave this summer, then it’s certainly a case that Tottenham’s potential gain will be the Spanish side’s big loss.