Manchester City and Manchester United among clubs chasing Mateo Kovacic

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Both Manchester clubs, along with European giants Bayern Munich and Juventus are interested in signing Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, according to reports.

Kovacic has repeated his desire to leave Madrid in pursuit of more game time. He first indicated his desire to leave at the end of last season and talks with new manager Julien Lopetegui have failed to change his mind, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

Croatian Kovacic is frustrated at his squad role, but has struggled to displace Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric in the centre of midfield.

There should be no shortage of suitors for Kovacic. Manchester City are an obvious one, given their pursuit of Jorginho ended in failure earlier in the summer. It is also believed they have already made an enquiry about him.

Manchester United are another potential choice, although it is thought manager Jose Mourinho is focusing more on strengthening the defence at the moment.

Juventus have signalled their ambition this summer by signing Cristiano Ronaldo, and Kovacic would be another statement signing for a club looking to win the Champions League.

Likewise with Bayern, who are building their squad for a tilt at the top European competition.

However, while Madrid may be willing to part with him, they will want top dollar: £80 million has been mentioned for Kovacic. While this price tag may put some off – it is a lot for a squad player – he is still young and has a lot of potential.

Liverpool make world record £62 million bid for Roma goalkeeper Alisson

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Liverpool have offered Italian side Roma £62 million for Alisson – which would be a world record fee for a goalkeeper.

Roma are reported to be considering the bid, but want a fee closer to £66 million, according to reports.

Alisson played for Brazil at the World Cup in Russia – ahead of Ederson, who plays for Manchester City – and acquitted himself well, keeping three clean sheets. The 25-year-old put in a string of impressive performances for Roma in Serie A and the Champions League last season as well.

Liverpool have been long rumoured to have had an interest in Alisson, but this is the first time they have made a formal offer. The number one position at Anfield has been subject for question for some time, but especially after current keeper Loris Karius made two high-profile errors in the Champions League final, although he was later found to be suffering from concussion at the time.

The current world record fee for a goalkeeper is the £35 million City paid for Ederson last summer – although Gianluigi Buffon’s transfer to Juventus in 2001 was for a reported euro53 million – but at the time it was worth £32.6 million.

Manchester United and Manchester City in battle for England star Harry Maguire

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Manchester United and Manchester City look set for a battle to sign Leicester City and England star Harry Maguire this summer.

Maguire, one of the star’s of the England side that made it to the semi-finals of the World Cup, could be the subject of £50 million bids in the coming weeks.

City manager Pep Guardiola praised the centre-back for his performance against his side in last season’s EFL Cup.

Meanwhile United are known to be seeking defensive reinforcements his summer. They have been linked with want-away Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld, but Maguire could be another option. Maguire, at 25, is also 4 years younger than his Belgian counterpart.

However, Leicester will be loathe to lose one of the lynchpins of their side, and their owners have played hardball before over proposed transfers – such as refusing to sell Jamie Vardy to Arsenal two years ago.

That said, £50 million would represent a significant profit on the £17 million they paid Hull City for him last summer.

There is talk of Leicester offering Maguire an improved deal that could net him £100,000 a week.

But the defender is ambitious and having cemented his place in the England side could want to continue his development by testing himself in the Champions League.

Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid and could rejoin Manchester United – reports

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Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to leave Real Madrid this summer, with Manchester United a potential destination, according to reports in Spain.

Rumours of Ronaldo wanting to leave Real have been circulating for some months, but now Spanish sources are saying that Los Blancos’ management have accepted that he will depart this summer.

Manchester United remain the favourites to sign him. Ronaldo made his name at Old Trafford, playing there between 2003 and 2009 before a then-world record £85 million move to the Bernabeu. They also have the financial clout to afford his transfer fee and wage demands.

Ronaldo would likely cost a substantial transfer fee, as while he may be 33, his powers show no signs of waning, as he has shown in his performances for Portugal at the World Cup so far.

If the move were to happen, it would be the sort of marquee signing that United manager Jose Mourinho – who previously worked with Ronaldo during his spell as Real manager – wants as he seeks to challenge rivals Manchester City for the Premier League title.

In addition, should Ronaldo leave, it would likely mean Real increase their attempts to sign Neymar from Paris St-Germain.

Manchester City target Real Madrid star

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Premier league champions Manchester City are hoping to sign midfielder Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid this summer, after he said he wants a move to get more first-team football.

City are monitoring 24-year-old Kovacic’s situation, and could move for him if their attempts to sign Napoli midfielder Jorginho come to nothing.

“I would like to play more at Real Madrid because I love football and I love being on the pitch,” Kovacic told Spanish newspaper Marca. “I know that its difficult to be a starter at Real Madrid… I understand the situation but because of that I believe the best thing for me would be to go to another club where I’d have the opportunity to play regularly as a starter.”

However, whether Madrid will be willing to let him go is another matter. New boss Julien Lopetegui is running the rule over his charges and may decide to keep him. Croatian international Kovacic also has a euro300 million release clause in his contract, to ward off potential suitors – but whether Real stick to this would remain to be seen, although it would ensure they got a good price for him.