Man United face difficult task signing 23-year-old Real Madrid star – report

Manchester United will find it difficult to sign Croatia star Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid this summer, according to a report

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Manchester United will find it difficult to sign Real Madrid’s Croatia international Mateo Kovacic this summer, according to a report in Spain.

Spanish media outlet Cadena Cope, as quoted by the Daily Star, is reporting that Manchester United face stiff competition from Serie A to sign the versatile midfielder.

The same article states that Serie A champions Juventus and Champions League semi-finalists AS Roma are both interested in a potential deal to bring Kovacic to the Italian top flight.

According to the same story, the 24-year-old has an incredible £264m contract release clause designed to deter prospective bids in the summer transfer window.

Manchester United are in the market to sign a player capable of improving their options in the middle of the park ahead of the new Premier League season.

The Red Devils have already spent £52m on Brazil international Fred following intense negotiations with Ukrainian Premier League champions Shakhtar Donetsk.

Kovacic moved to Real Madrid from Serie A giants Inter Milan in the 2015 summer transfer window.

Given his previous experience in the Italian top flight, the Croatian midfielder could prefer a return to Serie A this summer.

Manchester United finished in second place in the Premier League table last term.

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