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Man United set to swoop for Mateo Kovacic in £27million deal

Kovacic has struggled to hold down a place under Zinedine Zidane and could be arriving as Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Maroune Fellaini exit

MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly preparing a £27million bid for Real Madrid star Mateo Kovacic.

The Mirror claims Jose Mourinho is targeting the 23-year-old Croatian as he looks to boost his options in midfield.

Man Utd are chasing a £27m deal for Real Madrid star Mateo Kovacic

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Man Utd are chasing a £27m deal for Real Madrid star Mateo Kovacic

Club-record signing Paul Pogba has been missing through injury and suspension at various times this season, forcing the Red Devils to change their style of play dramatically.

Kovacic is a similar type of player to Pogba, possessing the technique and composure to run with, and play, the ball with speed.

He has struggled to hold down a spot under Zinedine Zidane following a £25m move from Inter Milan in the summer of 2015.

And Kovacic could be open to join United as Mourinho prepares to receive offers for outcast Henrikh Mkhitaryan.


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The Croatia international has failed to hold down a place under Zindine Zidane

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The Croatia international has failed to hold down a place under Zindine Zidane

Marouane Fellaini could also be on his way out after rejecting a new contract offer.


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And reports continue to link United with an audacious approach for Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil.

Mourinho confirmed there could indeed be exits next month, saying: “I think for the right price. That’s my approach as a manager, in cases where the club advises me. I think every player has a price.

“If a player is not happy, if a player brings with him the request with the number that we consider a good number for us – like it happened for us last season with Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin – I would never say no.”

United have also been linked with Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil

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United have also been linked with Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil

Marouane Fellaini and Henrikh Mkhitaryan could both leave United next month

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Marouane Fellaini and Henrikh Mkhitaryan could both leave United next month