Man Utd push Real Madrid to open Kovacic talks

Mateo Kovacic scores in the first half of the Real Madrid vs Barcelona International Champions Cup friendly match at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Florida

According to MailOnline's Simon Jones, United are among those to take a keen interest in Kovacic's announcement of his desire to leave the Spanish capital, but Madrid "value him highly as a versatile and quality back-up to their midfield and are reluctant to sell".

The report further revealed that the Croatian worldwide, who is a three-time Champions League victor with the Los Blancos, is still under contract with the Santiago Bernabeu side until 2021.

As a result, any potential negotiations between United and the European champions won't be straightforward.

Kovacic has largely featured as an option from the bench during his three years in Madrid.

Manchester United have expressed interest in signing Croatia worldwide Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid, reports say.

He has still managed to amass 109 appearances, though, and is contracted with Real until 2021.

Jose Mourinho signed Brazilian star Fred earlier in the month but will look to bring another top class midfielder to Old Trafford, particularly if Marouane Fellaini leaves.

Whether Kovacic, who is now away in Russian Federation at the World Cup, can force a move away remains to be seen.

Recently, in an interview with Spain's respectable news outlet, Marca, Kovacic said: "I know that it's hard to be a starter at Real Madrid, especially when I arrived at a really young age".

"I think I can have this opportunity and it's one I want right now". AS reports that Spurs will need to beat Roma, Inter Milan, Juventus and Manchester United to his signature this summer.

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