Manchester United are understood to be interested in Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic.
The Premier League club have been monitoring the Croatia international’s situation at the Santiago Bernabeu according to Spanish newspaper AS.
The reports suggests that the 23-year-old is seriously considering a switch to Old Trafford if he is guaranteed playing time under Jose Mourinho.
Minutes on the pitch have been hard to come by for Kovacic who joined the Madridistas in 2015.
United will however face competition from the likes of Tottenham, Juventus and Inter Milan for the midfielder’s signature.
Madrid though would be reluctant to part with Kovacic but given their documented pursuit of David de Gea, they may be willing to negotiate with United.
“I have heard the rumours but I haven’t spoken to (Jose) Mourinho,” Kluivert said to Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.
“A move to Manchester United wouldn’t make sense, for now.”
Reports on Sunday had suggested that the two clubs would finalise a transfer by the end of this season, after Mourinho was spotted giving words of encouragement to Kluivert at the end of United’s 2-0 win over Ajax in last season’s Europa League final.
The United manager has known Kluivert since the 18-year-old was a boy, when his father and Dutch star Patrick Kluivert was at Barcelona during Mourinho’s tenure as an assistant coach there.
Mourinho himself poured cold water over the rumours. While not addressing speculation about Kluivert directly, Mourinho said after United’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield on Saturday that he would not be looking to sign any attacking players in the summer.
“We have (Juan) Mata, (Romelu) Lukaku, (Marcus) Rashford, (Anthony) Martial, (Jesse) Lingard, and Alexis (Sanchez), so I don’t want attacking players. So if you want to speculate in the summer you have to go to other areas because I’m really happy with the attacking players.
“It’s bad for you (the media) because you like to have things to write and speculate, especially in the summer, but I don’t want attacking players so don’t speak about attacking players that are coming here because nobody is coming here.”
Los Blancos have been on the lookout for a goalkeeper since last summer and were heavily linked with rising Athletic Bilbao star Kepa Arrizabalaga during the January transfer window.
De Gea, on the other hand, is apparently eager to return home to Madrid where he of course previously plied his trade with Atletico.
Reportedly, the 27-year-old has told his agent he is open to holding talks with the Bernabeu club.
Rated as the arguably best goalkeeper in the Premier League, De Gea has been a lynchpin for the Red Devils over the past few seasons.