'Real Madrid Reject Tottenham Bid'

Tottenham have reportedly placed Mateo Kovacic on their transfer shortlist this summer, making a €25m bid for the midfield ace.

The Croatian international is set to be crowded out at the Bernabeu, as having already struggled to establish himself as a regular for the Spanish and European champions, competition for places has increased this summer following the arrival of Dani Ceballos.

That leaves Kovacic, Ceballos, Casemiro, Marcos Llorente, Toni Kroos, Isco and Luka Modric all fighting for places, and it’s debatable as to where the former Inter star fits into that pecking order.

As reported by AS, Tottenham have made the first move by offering €25m for his services, but that has been turned down by Los Blancos. With AC Milan, Inter and Napoli also noted in the report as being keen on signing Kovacic, Spurs could face serious competition for his signature.