With the 2018 World Cup in full swing, the transfer market seems to be put on hold as the top players on the planet do battle in Russia. However, there are many players at the tournament who face an uncertain future next season and one of those men is Mateo Kovacic.
The midfielder is enjoying himself at the World Cup with Croatia, has his team look set to reach the latter stages of the tournament following an excellent win over Argentina.
Lack of Game Time
The Real Madrid player has yet to start a match for his country at the World Cup and it’s a familiar feeling for the former Inter Milan star. Kovacic won the Champions League with Real Madrid this season but only featured in seven games during the tournament.
Kovacic’s game time was also restricted in La Liga, where the Croat made just 21 appearances across 38 games in the league. At 24 years of age, Kovacic is entering a crucial stage of his career and with fellow countryman, Luka Modric plus Toni Kroos and Casemiro keeping him out of the Real Madrid starting XI, it could be time to make a move.
Having started his senior career at Dinamo Zagreb, Kovacic caught the attention of Inter Milan where he played for three seasons before securing a move to the Santiago Bernabeu. However, as the competition for places increased at Real Madrid, Kovacic has found his playing time reduced and many of his appearances this season have come from the bench.
Kovacic is regarded by many as a complete midfielder and can operate anywhere across the central area of the pitch. Starting life as an attacking midfielder, Kovacic played in a deeper role for Inter Milan and likes to keep the game simple.
Kovacic’s creativity is not great but having been deployed more in a holding midfield role during his time in Italy and Spain, that does not come as a surprise. However, Kovacic possesses all the ingredients for a top central midfielder, with passing, strength, control and simple dribbling the key aspects to his game.
Manchester City and Arsenal Interested?
His skills and lack of game time has placed several Premier League clubs on alert, with Manchester City and Arsenal thought to be leading the way.
Manchester City seem to have hit a dead end in their pursuit of Napoli midfielder Jorginho and Pep Guardiola is set to turn his attention elsewhere. Kovacic would fit the bill nicely but will he be guaranteed plenty of games at the Etihad?
Speaking to Marca, Kovacic said, “I would like to play more at Real Madrid because I love football and I love being on the pitch.” The odds at Ladbrokes are good for a transfer. More infos you can find in this Ladbrokes review.
If first team football is what Kovacic wants, the better move may be to Arsenal, who have recently released Jack Wilshere. With Unai Emery taking over at the club, Kovacic could be the midfield general Arsenal have been missing in recent seasons and would add some much needed stability to the team.