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Rumour: Everton Offered Real Madrid Midfielder Kovacic?

mateokovacicEverton have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic, according to the Daily Mail.

Kovacic moved to the Bernabeu in August 2015 for around £24 million, but has found first-team opportunities hard to come by in his first season in Spain.

The 22-year-old is now said to have been offered to the Blues by the Champions League winners.

New Toffees manager Ronald Koeman is looking to bolster his midfield options ahead of his debut campaign in charge at Goodison Park.

But the Dutchman will have a fight on his hands to sign Kovacic, with West Ham United and Juventus also rumoured to be eyeing a move for the Croatia international.

Kovacic made his competitive debut for former club Dinamo Zagreb in November 2010 – aged just 16 – and went on to appear 63 times for the Croatian outfit, scoring seven times.

He joined Serie A side Inter Milan for £8.25 million in January 2013, and flourished under then-manager Rafael Benitez, making 97 appearances and scoring eight goals.

The box-to-box midfielder was subsequently sold to Madrid last summer, but struggled for regular game time in La Liga.

Kovacic made just 34 appearances for Los Blancos last season, with the vast majority of those coming from the bench for the Bernabeu-based club.

Kovacic has been capped on 29 occasions for his national side, and featured as a substitute two times during Croatia’s recent Euro 2016 campaign.

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Tom Power is a 28 year old trainee journalist and assistant editor of NSNO.
  

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