Silly Season pushes on as we’re now officially three weeks into the transfer window and our beloved Tottenham Hotspur have nothing to show for the time except a big payment for Kyle Walker. With a possible transfer of Juan Foyth being gazumped by Paris Saint-Germain and the never ending saga of Ross Barkley demanding hilariously stupid wages, why not dangle a transfer we would all get excited about?
Sport Witness are reporting that Spurs have made a formal offer for Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic. The source? Our old friends in Spain, AS.
AS report that Tottenham are the only club to ‘have submitted an offer’ for Kovacic so far, having a bid of €25m refused. Regardless of the veracity of that, and it wouldn’t be too hard to argue it never happened, Kovacic remains a good idea for Tottenham and others.
Sport Witness go as far as to show the newspaper clipping sourcing the bid and explaining that Real Madrid won’t consider a bid under €35m. Tottenham have come in €10m under that, so it appears that more negotiating is necessary.
Now, we all need to step back and take this with a truckload of salt as AS, while having decent sources at the Bernabau, are prone to putting some garbage rumors out there or succumbing to agent-speak. That being said, this is a transfer that would instantly be a slam dunk. Kovacic is 23 years old and has all the talent in the world as a dangerous midfielder. About a month ago, the word was that Zinedine Zidane had zero interest in selling Kovacic, but that has changed in the past week.
The Croatian International is reportedly on £60,000/week for his wages, meaning that a nice boost in pay could be attractive enough to consider the move, especially since Spurs also have Champions League football to offer.
If there is literally any truth to this, Spurs need to go all out for Kovacic. He’s a world class talent in the midfield and be an incredible signing to not just provide depth but eventually take a spot in the Starting XI. Mousa Dembele is now 30 years old and while Spurs have young players ready to step up such as Josh Onomah and Harry Winks, this is a no-brainer. Again, take it with a huge heaping of salt, but if you’re readying this Daniel Levy: Get this done.