While the 23-year old is being targeted by Inter, where he had spent two-and-a-half-seasons before moving to the Spanish giants, AC Milan and Roma are also keeping an eye on him.
The Croatian international hasn’t had much playing time under his belt this season as Real boss Zinedine Zidane persists with Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro in midfield.
Therefore the Italian media probed him on whether he’d be open to a move back to Italy after impressing for Real in the victory over PSG – and Kovacic did not rule out a switch.
“I don’t know, it’s difficult to talk about going back to Milan right now. I loved Italy and Milan. You never know,” he said.
“It’s tough being on the bench, but I’m ready for every game. Today I played, and we won.”
With doubts over Arsene Wenger’s future at Arsenal continuing to mount, Joachim Low appears to be the first choice to takeover the manager’s spot this summer, The Sun reports. It is thought the Gunners’ recent bad run of form could see an end to Wenger’s 22-year reign, with the German coach said to be ready to consider an offer after the World Cup. Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers are also said to be among the favourites if Wenger is ousted at the end of the season.
Emre Can will not be making a decision on his future until the end of the season, the Daily Express says. The Liverpool midfielder is out of contract at the end of the current campaign, but the paper reports he said after the 0-0 draw against Porto that his agent has “blocked all negotiations” while he focuses on this season. Juventus are said to be interested in the 24-year-old if he becomes available on a free transfer.
Alan Pardew appears to have been offered a lifeline at West Brom after defeats at Huddersfield and Watford left a question mark hanging over his future at the club. The Daily Mail says the club hierarchy have ruled out a change at the top so close to the end of the season, with Pardew deemed the most suitable fit to tackle a possible looming relegation. The Baggies are eight points adrift of safety with nine games remaining.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Dominic Calvert-Lewin: The Everton forward could be called up to the England team ahead of the World Cup, the Daily Mirror says. England are facing friendlies with Holland and Italy this month and Gareth Southgate is said to be considering the 20-year-old for a place in the squad after gaining experience in the Under-20 and Under-21 squads.
Iker Casillas: Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas is on the radar of Newcastle for a free transfer this summer, according to the Newcastle Chronicle. The 36-year-old was tipped for a move to St James’ Park in the January transfer window but with Rafa Benitez said to want to bolster his goalkeeper options, the Magpies look set once again to make Casillas one of their key targets at the end of the season.
Manchester United are eyeing up Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure for a summer transfer, according to the Mirror.
The Mirror says reports in Italy suggest the 24-year-old German international is close to signing a contract with the club.
Reported Manchester United target Paulo Dybala could sign a new five-year contract at Juventus without any release clause, according to the Sun.
The paper says the 24-year-old believes he still has much to learn in Italy before testing himself in the Premier League.
Arsenal have reportedly set their sights on Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
The Daily Mail writes the Gunners want to sign a new keeper this summer, and rate Leno highly. But the potential move casts doubt on the future of Petr Cech as the club’s number one, the paper adds.
Liverpool are reportedly on the brink of signing Monaco star Thomas Lemar. The Metro says reports in the French media suggest the club are close to an agreement in principle for their long-term target.
Players to watch
David Alaba: The Mirror claims Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United could all battle it out for the wing-back after the Austrian admitted he was leaving an exit from Bayern Munich “open”. The paper says Barcelona and Real Madrid could also be keen on the star.
Marouane Fellaini: Paris St Germain are reportedly set to offer the 30-year-old Manchester United midfielder a lucrative four-year deal. The Sun says the Belgian has turned down the offer of a contract extension at Old Trafford, and claims reports in France suggest PSG are looking to make their move.