Juventus have reportedly held transfer talks with Inter Milan regarding a potential deal for midfielder Mateo Kovacic.
The Croatian international has been strongly linked with a move away from the San Siro in recent months but had been expected to join Premier League side Liverpool, with the two teams reportedly in negotiations for the past few weeks.
However, according to fresh reports today, The Old Lady are in pole position to land Kovacic after holding transfer talks with the club's officials.
Italian newspaper Tuttosport are reporting that Juventus have sent officials to Milan in order to meet with Inter representatives so that the two parties can discuss terms ahead of a potential deal. Early indications are suggesting that the transfer could cost the Serie A champions around £21million, which is more than what Liverpool were prepared to pay.
The Reds were willing to pay around £16.5m for the Croat, but it looks like Juve are preparing to trump them with a bid worth nearly £5m more. The 21-year-old was pivotal for Inter this season and played a vital role in the heart of their midfield but, after another fine campaign, his stock has risen and clubs have expressed their interest in signing him.
Inter Want to Keep Star
Roberto Mancini was hopeful of keeping Kovacic at the club for another season as he aims to bring the glory days back to the San Siro, but it seems like he's fighting a losing battle, with the 21-year-old seemingly ready to quit the club.
Inter have already signed Geoffrey Kondogbia from AS Monaco, after fending off interest from AC Milan and Arsenal, but they may face losing a star of their own with Juve ready to ramp up their interest. Kovacic has been at Inter since 2013, after agreeing a switch there from Dinamo Zagreb, and has since gone on to make 80 Serie A appearances, scoring five goals.
Despite the poor goal return, Kovacic's performances have been crucial for Inter and he's become a real star playing for the Milan outfit.
Football fans, do Juventus need Kovacic after already signing Sami Khedira this summer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.