Last summer Real Madrid bosses had a very quite transfer window. Álvaro Morata was the most important signing and very few players left the club. However, after the FIFA sanction was lifted, we expect a very busy summer for Florentino Pérez. The first decision should be whether to sell some of the important players in the squad.
Mateo Kovacic is one of the most interesting players for the big European clubs. The Croatian midfielder is still very young -he’s 22 years old- but he has enough experience with Real Madrid and the national team. Kovacic is the 14th player with more minutes in the squad, playing even more than Isco, James Rodríguez or Álvaro Morata.
Nevertheless, Kovacic is enjoying less minutes in the last weeks and he hasn’t been important in the last crucial games, like the Champions League matches against Napoli. Due to this situation, very important European teams want to sign him this summer.
Tottenham Hotspur are very interested in Kovacic and some newspapers speak about a possible exchange with Delle Ali. However, Serie A teams are the ones showing more interest. Especially Milan and Napoli want to sign him, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.
No matter the money offered, Real Madrid shouldn’t think about selling him. Los Blancos bought him in 2015 for €35M from Inter Milán, an important quantity for a very young player. In these two years, he has shown his quality whenever Zidane requested him and he has proven himself to be capable of replacing Kroos or Luka Modric.
It’s almost impossible to improve the midfield line at this moment with Modric, Kroos and Casemiro. But Luka Modric is already 31 years old and, although he’s still one of the best midfielders of the world, his time as a top player could come to an end very soon. And Real Madrid have the perfect replacement at home. Little by little, Kovacic will have more and more minutes in the team and will be able to replace at a high level both Modric and Kroos. For these reasons, Kovacic should stay in the team and Florentino Pérez shouldn’t think twice about selling him.