Guillem Balague replies when asked if Liverpool will sign 23-year-old midfielder

The La Liga expert rules out Liverpool signing Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic this summer

La Liga expert Guillem Balague Photo: Sky Sports

Guillem Balague has ruled out Liverpool signing Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic in the summer transfer window.

The Reds have endured a frustrating summer transfer window so far after Jurgen Klopp failed to get deals over the line for RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita and Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

Liverpool have signed AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah, Chelsea teenager Dominic Solanke and Hull City defender Andy Robertson as Klopp looked to bolster his squad ahead of the Champions League group stage.

The Merseyside outfit have been linked with potential alternatives to Keita following RB Leipzig’s refusal to sell the Guinea international despite Liverpool making an offer in the region of £75m.

Real Madrid star Kovacic has been linked as a potential signing amid talk of the 23-year-old midfielder “verbally agreeing” a switch to Liverpool.

The Croatia international struggled to secure regular first-team football under Zinedine Zidane to prompt talk of a potential move.

La Liga expert Balague ruled out the Reds completing a deal to sign the Croatian midfielder.

“No,” Balague told Sky Sports when asked if Liverpool could sign Kovacic.

“Kovacic was actually approached by two Italian clubs, one of them being Juventus, and Real Madrid said in no uncertain terms that he’s not for sale.

“It’s difficult to leave a club like Real Madrid in any case.”

Liverpool played out a 3-3 draw with Watford at Vicarage Road from the Premier League opener, before the Reds were 1-0 winners against Crystal Palace at Anfield last weekend.

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