Mateo Kovacic has revealed he wants to leave Real Madrid this summer and move to a club where he can “play regularly”.
Speaking exclusively to Spanish outlet Marca, he said: “In another club I’ll have the chance to play regularly as a starter. It’s an opportunity that I have & that I want right now.”
Lots has been made of Toby Alderweireld’s future at White Hart Lane but, in actual fact, central midfield is the area requiring the most attention this summer.
Supporters will go into next season with full faith that Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez can do a job in the middle of defence, with or without the former Atletico man.
Meanwhile, speculation surrounding Mousa Dembele’s future – he has been linked with a move to both Inter Milan and China – would leave Pochettino in search of a new central midfielder.
Spurs are being linked with a number of names to fill the position, but Kovacic’s is undoubtedy one of the best options among them.
Replacing Dembele with the 24-year-old Croatian international would be no bad move.
Just like the Belgian, Kovacic is a player who thrives in a box-to-box role, providing both power and the ability to pick out a pass – he is the perfect player for Pochettino’s system.
He is a player Spurs fans would love to see at White Hart Lane and the club has reportedly shown formal interest in him before (Sportske Novosti) – a long-term target, who is now very available.
The Croatian finds himself in the same situation for his country as he does at Real Madrid: restricted to substitute appearances behind a midfield bursting with quality.
Nonetheless, this is not a reflection of his own ability and Spurs could offer him the chance of regular first team football under a manager known for his ability to ensure player progression.
£44 million for the youngster’s signature would be a relative bargain considering his current ability, but more importantly his potential. He is a player Levy should snap up in a heartbeat.