The Mateo Kovacic saga – as it is quickly becoming – has taken another twist this morning, with Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini urging the midfielder to stay put during the summer transfer window.
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Kovacic, who has been linked time and again with Liverpool over the last few months, was thought to be closing in on a switch to Anfield. On Wednesday, The Telegraph said the move was ‘closer than ever’, but Mancini has rejected those suggestions with his latest comments.
The former Manchester City man, who was quoted by reports in Italy and the Liverpool Echo, says that the 21-year-old will be going nowhere. He said: “Kovacic will become a champion. He is young, but has already improved a lot. I think he will stay at Inter. I don’t think there is anything going on with him regarding a transfer.”
Numerous similarities can be drawn between our touted move for Kovacic and last summer’s bid for Alberto Moreno, which also took painfully long to complete.
That also swung back and forth between nearing completion and feeling a mile away, as the Daily Mirror details, so we can perhaps take heart from the fact that Mancini’s comments can’t rule anything out.
However, his dismissal of our interest will still come as a blow, especially when The Telegraph were so convinced that the deal was about to go through. Despite the addition of James Milner, the departure of Steven Gerrard has left us a little short in midfield, a void which the addition of Kovacic would certainly help appease.