FOLLOW CRUNCHSPORTS

Man Utd cool interest in Mateo Kovacic after being quoted £10m - report

Manchester United have reportedly cooled their interest in Dinamo Zagreb teenager Mateo Kovacic after being quoted £10million for the playmaker.

United have been linked with the 17-year-old for several months, while Arsenal and Juventus have also shown interest in the player, who has already been compared to Lionel Messi.

But according to Goal.com, United have cooled their interest in the starlet after being told he would cost £10m.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson was considering a January bid for the youngster, but at executive level, the club are said to be unwilling to sanction such a bid for an unproven player.

A source told the website: "Sir Alex has had scouts watching Kovacic regularly and really likes him, but it now seems they won't pay the money to make an acceptable bid."

The club refusing to open the cheque book for a player who is widely seen as one of the most promising teenager in Europe will lead to concerns that the owners, the Glazer family, are reluctant to back Ferguson in the transfer market.

Ferguson is thought to be preparing a summer bid for Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric, who is the Scot's top transfer target, but whether he will be able to compete with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City remains to be seen.

Spurs rejected a £40m bid for Modric last summer and it is thought his transfer fee could be as high as £50m at the end of the season.

Tottenham and Manchester City are now said to be leading the race to sign Kovacic, with his agent, Marcel Kacinari, holding talks with City officials last month.

Speaking last month, Kovacic told reporters: "I am honoured to be linked to clubs like Juventus and Manchester United. My day will come."
comments powered by Disqus

All Soccer News

Recent Soccer Articles

  • Chelsea FC-Diego Costa deal close - report

    Chelsea are reportedly closing in on the signing of Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa....

  • Gareth Bale: Real Madrid CF can still win treble

    Gareth Bale has targeted the treble with Real Madrid this season after his "dream come true" winner in Wednesday night's Copa del Rey final....

  • Three Liverpool FC players nominated for Player of the Year award

    Three Liverpool players have been nominated for the Professional Footballers' Association's Player of the Year award....

  • Man Utd linked with Garay, Mangala, Martinez as Moyes in Portugal on scouting mission

    Manchester United manager David Moyes was reportedly watching Eliaquim Mangala and his Porto team-mate Jackson Martinez in action on Wednesday night during a trip to Portugal....

  • Fernandinho insists Man City not out of Premier League title race yet

    Fernandinho believes the competitive nature of the Premier League can still give Manchester City's fading title hopes a boost....

  • Liverpool FC striker Daniel Sturridge doubtful for Sunday's trip to Norwich

    Daniel Sturridge is a doubt for Liverpool's Premier League game at Norwich City on Sunday....

  • Luke Shaw 'can make left-back position his own' at Man Utd

    Southampton defender Luke Shaw has been urged to join Manchester United this summer where he can make the left-back spot his own for the next decade....

  • Carlo Ancelotti: Real Madrid CF were motivated by Cristiano Ronaldo's absence

    Carlo Ancelotti said his Real Madrid players were motivated to win the Copa del Rey by the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo....

  • Man Utd linked with Juan Bernat but Valencia CF rule out sale

    Valencia insist they have no plans to sell Juan Bernat, who is rumoured to be a target for Manchester United....

More Stories

Recent Articles

More Stories

Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

Man Utd cool interest in Mateo Kovacic after being quoted £10m - report

Man Utd have reportedly cooled their interest in Dinamo Zagreb teenager Mateo Kovacic after being quoted £10m for the playmaker.

Read more »

Log In or Sign up

Facebook User?

You can use your facebook account to sign up with Live streaming sport.

Connect with facebook
Remember me.
Did you forget your password?