Manchester United are interested in completing a transfer that would see Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic join in the summer, according to reports in Spain.
The Manchester club could be short of midfield options come the end of the season when Michael Carrick hangs up his boots, and with Marouane Fellaini's future up in the air, manager Jose Mourinho has said he wants to focus on the centre of the park when the transfer window re-opens in the summer.
Kovacic has struggled for regular starts at the Bernabeu this season, and the midfielder is now being linked with a move away from Spain.
After joining the club for around £28m from Inter in 2015, Kovacic will have hoped that by now, he would have established himself as one of Real Madrid's key men in the middle.
However, this has not been the case, and the Croatian has made just seven La Liga appearances this season. Kovacic is only 23-years-old, and may well be keen on a move to Old Trafford if it means he will get more opportunities to showcase his talents on a regular basis, according to AS (via the Manchester Evening News).
It is reported that United are not the only side keen on Kovacic, with Juventus, Inter and Tottenham also reportedly interested in his signature.
However, AS also claim that Real Madrid are not keen to sell Kovacic, despite not giving him many minutes this season and it could take a huge transfer fee to pry him away from the Spanish capital.