Any Arsenal move for Mateo Kovacic may end up depending on Tottenham Hotspur selling Christian Eriksen, according to reports in the Spanish media.
Spanish outlet Marca write that Arsenal are one of the teams that have “knocked on his (Kovacic’s) door and are willing to sign him this summer”. Unfortunately, they then add that the player isn’t going anywhere as things stand.
The midfielder has a €300m buyout clause, so it’s really up to Real Madrid whether they decided to sell or not. The La Liga side are unwilling to do so, because they’re hoping Kovacic will eventually take over from Luka Modric in the team.
The only way they’d be willing to let Kovacic leave, is reportedly if they could sign Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen as a replacement. No one in the Spanish media seems very optimistic about that happening, but that’s the one way they’d consider letting the Croatian international go.
I’m sure at this stage some of you are having flashbacks to that glorious summer when Tottenham sold Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, and Arsenal signed Mesut Özil. A repeat of that would certainly make this another great window for the Gunners, but it doesn’t look quite as likely this time around. We’ll have to wait and see.