Mateo Kovacic is not planning on leaving Real Madrid, claims Croat's agent

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Highly-rated: Mateo Kovacic.

Mateo Kovacic has no intention of leaving Real Madrid this summer, according to the Croatian star’s agent.

The Los Blancos central midfielder, who impressed against Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich in the Champions League, has struggled to hold down a place consistently in a high-class midfield containing Luka ModricToni Kroos and Isco.

Manchester United, Tottenham and Juventus have all been linked with the 24-year-old’s signature since January, but the former Inter Milan man is set to remain at the Bernabeu for the foreseeable.

In an interview with Sportske Novosti, Kovacic’s representative Nikky Vuksan revealed his client has not considered leaving Los Blancos.

“Kovacic made history with Real on Saturday (in the Champions League final) and two days later the media write about his future.

“We haven’t thought about leaving Real or interest from other clubs.

“But, the summer is long and who knows what can happen after the World Cup.”

He added: “Also, it is a compliment to Mateo that every summer there are rumours about how the biggest clubs want him, even though he is not in Real’s XI.”

The combative midfield man, who started his career at Dinamo Zagreb, is contracted to the Whites until 2021.

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Transfer Predictor: Gonzalo Higuain to Chelsea and Jack Butland to Liverpool are both 7s

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Gonzalo Higuain.

The Premier League transfer window is now open and the market in the rest of Europe will spark into life soon.

With the transfer rumours growing in pace and volume during this ‘silly season’, it can be difficult and painstaking to separate the stories of some legitimacy from the rest of the noise.

Fortunately, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to do it for you.

Below, you’ll find some of the latest transfer news churned out of the rumour mill broken down and analysed for your benefit along with our calculated predictions.

GONZALO HIGUAIN – From Juventus to Chelsea

Juventus are keen on signing Alvaro Morata and are prepared to offer Gonzalo Higuain as part of the deal, reports the Evening Standard.

Why it will happen: Morata has struggled for form at Stamford Bridge and the Blues will be enticed by the prospect of signing a proven marksman in Higuain who has scored 55 goals in 105 appearances over the last two seasons at Juventus.

Why it won’t happen: Higuain may well be past his best and the 30-year-old did have a more modest second season in Turin. With Olivier Giroud already on their roster, the Blues may want to consider a young, quicker option.

Prediction: Given his poor form this past season, this may be Chelsea’s best chance to offload Morata who would likely enjoy returning to Italy where he had settled before Real Madrid took him back. Higuain may be aging but should still deliver in the short term.

Rating – 7/10

Gonzalo Higuain.

Gonzalo Higuain.

PATRICK VAN AANHOLT – Crystal Palace to Everton

Everton are set to revive their interest in the Crystal Palace defender this summer now Marco Silva has taken up the Goodison Park hotseat, reports the Daily Mail.

Why it will happen: Leighton Baines is in the twilight of his career and the £20m-rated left-back would be an affordable replacement.

Why it won’t happen: While Van Aanholt may be tempted by higher wages at Everton, he only just moved to Palace last summer and has settled well. The Eagles enjoyed a good season under Roy Hodgson and the Dutchman may want to stay put and see how far they can go next term.

Prediction: The appointment of Silva may have some bearing on Van Aanholt’s decision but Palace won’t want to sell. A huge bid will certainly force them to reconsider though.

Rating – 5/10

Patrick van Aanholt.

Patrick van Aanholt.

JACK BUTLAND – Stoke to Liverpool

Stoke will not allow their goalkeeper to move on the cheap this summer, despite heavy interest from Liverpool.

The Sun reports the Potters will demand at least £30 million (Dh150m) for his services this summer.

Why it will happen: There’s no question that Liverpool need a new number one and in Butland would get a young English goalkeeper with plenty of talent and scope for improvement. The 25-year-old will be desperate for a move to a Premier League club following Stoke’s relegation.

Why it won’t happen: The fee would be a big stumbling block. The Reds may opt to invest more instead and land the likes of Alisson or Jan Oblak. Or they could go the other way and bring Pepe Reina back to Anfield on a free transfer.

Prediction: Liverpool may well bite the bullet and meet the asking price for Butland who could potentially be England’s number one in the near future. He’s a relatively affordable option and proven in the Premier League.

Rating – 7/10

Jack Butland.

Jack Butland.

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Real Madrid offer £121m-rated Gareth Bale new deal as Man United step up interest

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That has started a frenzy of speculation as players and coaches look for their next moves.

Across the world of football, there is plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen very soon.

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GARETH BALE

Following his Champions League final heroics, Real Madrid are keen to keep Gareth Bale at the club and are prepared to offer him a new contract, according to the Daily Mail.

The Welshman has voiced his desire to be a regular starter and has suggested that he’s open to moving away from the Spanish capital in search of that.

Manchester United have lodged an interest in the 28-year-old as Jose Mourinho looks to strengthen his squad.

Reports suggest that only a bid of at least £121million would lead Madrid to consider selling this summer.

Los Blancos though are preparing to meet with Bale’s representatives over the next two weeks.

Gareth Bale.

Gareth Bale.

GONZALO HIGUAIN

Juventus are keen on signing Alvaro Morata and are prepared to offer Gonzalo Higuain as part of the deal, reports the Evening Standard.

The Serie A champions have been linked with Morata, who starred for the club during a loan spell from 2014 to 2016. The Spaniard however has endured a difficult first season in the Premier League with Chelsea.

The striker is keen on a return to Juventus who are eager to send the 30-year-old Gonzalo Higuain to Stamford Bridge.

The Argentine has scored 55 goals in 105 appearances over the last two seasons at Juventus.

Gonzalo Higuain.

Gonzalo Higuain.

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