Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is eyeing Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic as a replacement for Michael Carrick, according to AS, translated by The Metro.
Carrick, now 36, is set to call time on his playing career this summer, following an immense 12-year stop at Old Trafford. Obviously, he’ll need replacing and Kovacic looks to be Mourinho’s top target.
The report goes on to say that the Red Devils have looked at Jean Michael Seri and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, but Kovacic has failed to tie down a first-team spot with Real and his head could be turned if a suitable offer comes in.
Hailing from Croatia, Kovacic is a brilliant footballer in his own right, but it’s always going to be tough when you’ve got the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos ahead in the pecking order.
For me, United need that third top-level midfielder who can play alongside Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba. The latter is crying out for some freedom and bringing Kovacic into the side would certainly offer him that.
It’s going to be tough to tempt Madrid into parting with the 23-year-old though, because they’ll recognise his huge potential and understandably Los Blancos would want him to stay.