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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.”

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