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Tottenham are one of five clubs chasing Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic this summer, according to reports in Spain.

Spurs have been linked with a move for Kovacic on a number of occasions over the last couple of years.

The Croatian joined Madrid from Inter Milan in the summer of 2015 – he has scored three goals in 109 appearances for the La Liga giants.

Understandably, Kovacic has found it difficult to nail down a place in Madrid’s midfield, with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos – arguably the two best central midfielders in world football – ahead of him in the pecking order.

As a result, the 24-year-old has reportedly put himself up for transfer.

And according to Spanish outlet AS, Tottenham, Manchester United, Roma, Juventus and Inter are all interested in signing him this summer.

Spurs are likely to be in need of a new central midfielder for next season with Mousa Dembele expected to depart in the coming weeks.

It seems the Londoners will face some difficult competition for Kovacic’s signature, but they should be able to offer him guaranteed first-team football, which could help to lure him.

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