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Wednesday, August 1
Mateo Kovacic to manchester United
Manchester United have launched a bid for Real Madrid outcast Mateo Kovacic, but the Croatia international has rejected Jose Mourinho’s advances.
That’s according to Spanish publication Marca, who claim United offered £52million for the 24-year-old midfielder.
Kovacic has spent much of his time at Real Madrid below the likes of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro in the pecking order.
As a result, he is seeking a new challenge despite Julen Lopetegui wanting him to stay.
But despite being on the fringes at the Bernabeu, Marca claim Kovacic views United as a ‘bad stylistic fit,’ suggesting Mourinho’s drab style of play may be a sticking point.
Thibaut Courtois twist
Julen Lopetegui has distanced himself from a move for Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
The goalkeeper’s time at Chelsea had appeared done as he has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid.
The move was thought to be dependent on whether Maurizio Sarri can bring in a replacement before allowing the Belgian to leave.
But Lopetegui has thrown a spanner in the works after claiming he’s “thrilled” with the goalkeepers available to him.
“At no time am I going to talk about players who are not at Real Madrid,” he told reporters. “I am thrilled with the goalkeepers that I have and I will not talk about players who are not part of this team.”
Neymar not happening
Real Madrid have no chance of buying Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain this summer, according to former PSG star Javier Pastore.
Real’s interest in signing Neymar escalated in the wake of Ronaldo’s move to Juventus, which left a gaping hole in their squad.
“It is impossible that Neymar leaves PSG this summer,” said Pastore, who swapped PSG for Roma last month.
“PSG made a very big investment in him. They rely on Neymar a lot, as a player and as a person, and last year he had the bad luck to be injured in the key stage of the club season.
“This year is going to be a nice chance for him to be able to demonstrate everything that counts. God willing, I hope he can win many important things for PSG.”