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Real Madrid are prepared to sell alleged Tottenham target Mateo Kovacic this summer, according to The London Evening Standard.

Kovacic has been linked with a number of clubs across Europe, but multiple outlets have claimed Spurs are one of the favourites to sign the Croatian.

The 23-year-old joined Real Madrid in 2015 but has struggled to become a first-team regular at the Bernabeu.

He made just 19 starts in La Liga last season and completed 90 minutes just nine times. The Standard believes Madrid are now willing to sell Kovacic, which has put Spurs on alert.

The reports cites a familiar stumbling block: Tottenham’s wage structure. Spurs¬†would probably have to make Kovacic their highest paid player, which is unlikely.

Tottenham have been linked with a number of midfielders over the last few weeks, most notably Everton’s Ross Barkley and Sporting Lisbon’s Adrien Silva.

Spurs are expected to move for Barkley later in the transfer window in the hope Everton’s valuation of the player drops. I can’t see the club going for both Barkley and Kovacic.

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