Liverpool transfers: Mateo Kovacic to join Real Madrid, says La Liga expert
Liverpool target Mateo Kovacic is set to join Real Madrid in a £25m deal from Inter Milan, according to Guillem Balague
Liverpool have been dealt a blow in the race to sign Mateo Kovacic after Guillem Balague claimed the Inter Milan midfielder is set to join Real Madrid.
The Reds have been linked with a move for the Croatia international as Brendan Rodgers looks to unearth a long-term replacement for Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.
The 21-year-old scored five goals in 35 Serie A games for Inter last season, underlining his blossoming reputation as one of Europe’s most-promising midfielders.
But La Liga expert Balague took to Twitter to reveal Kovacic, who has made 21 appearances for Croatia national team, is set join Real Madrid in a £25m deal in the summer transfer window.
Kovacic, 21yo, new RM player, 30m E. His position is a bit of an enigma, will be replacement 4 Modric and Kroos. Holding midf still needed
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) August 17, 2015
The Croatia midfielder has netted 17 times in 170 appearances for the San Siro outfit over the past three seasons in Milan.
The Inter star moved to the Italian side from Dinamo Zagreb in 2012 after he won back-to-back Croatia First Football League titles.