Real Madrid has added another puzzle piece in Mateo Kovacic. The 21-year-old Croatian midfielder is leaving Inter Milan for the Spanish capital.
Kovacic is considered to be one of the most talented young players in Europe, and will reportedly cost Real Madrid around $35 million. Kovacic has been a mainstay in the Inter midfielder the past two seasons. He will now join the Merengues and compete for a spot in the star-studded lineup at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. The team released the following statement on their website:
“Real Madrid and Inter Milan have agreed the transfer of the player Mateo Kovacic, which is linked to the club for the next six seasons.
“The player will be presented tomorrow Wednesday, August 19, at 13:00 pm in the Royal Box Bernabeu after undergoing the appropriate medical examination.”
Kovacic has signed a six-year contract with Real Madrid, and leaves Inter after two and a half seasons. He featured in 97 games during his time at Inter, scoring eight goals. Kovacic also has 21 caps for the Croatian national team. He will now become teammate with fellow Croatian international Luka Modric.
According to the Guardian, Inter manager Roberto Mancini spoke about the sale of Kovacic on Sunday.
“We need to sell Mateo because of financial fair play,” Mancini said. “We are sorry because he is a good player but those are the rules. Now we can try to sign some other players.”
It’s rumored that Inter will look to replace Kovacic with another Croatian in Wolfsburg’s Ivan Perisic. Kovacic joined Inter in January 2013 from Dinamo Zagreb.