Real Madrid will demand £42.7million (€50million) for the services of Mateo Kovacic this summer, according to El Confidencial.

The Croatia international is out of favour at Santiago Bernabeu and is currently loan at Chelsea this season.

He has experienced a hit-and-miss campaign at Stamford Bridge, not always hitting the heights many expected of him.

Madrid want to raise funds for new signings this summer, as Zinedine Zidane looks to rebuild a squad that looks to have come to the end of its cycle.

Kovacic is one of those who will be moved on and Chelsea will have to decide whether or not to make a permanent bid for him.

They have no option to buy him, however, allowing other clubs to swoop in.

Still only 24 years of age, Kovacic’s ability is undoubted, but a lack of substance to his game may be the reason behind clubs hesitating when it comes to signing him.


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