Mateo Kovacic’s price-tag named in report – Liverpool bid expected

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The Reds have been told that it will require an £18m offer to convince Inter Milan to sell Mateo Kovacic this summer – with the Liverpool Echo claiming that fresh bids are imminent from both ourselves and Arsenal.

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We reported on Monday that we had made a €21m offer – as claimed by Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri – which equates to around £15.5m. If Palmeri is to be believed then this was our third attempt to lure Milan into selling the Croatian midfielder, but it seems that we’ll need to up our efforts if we’re going to get the move done.

At the start of last month, it was claimed that we had made a €10m offer for the player, which was swiftly rejected.

This was followed a week later by a report from the Daily Star, which suggested that Milan would sacrifice Kovacic in order to fund their bid for Manchester City’s Yaya Toure. Gazzetta dello Sport (via the Daily Express) then reported on a second, £12.9m offer, which was also rejected, while Palmeri brought us reports of a third:

A fourth and final offer would surely mark the extent of Liverpool’s will power to get a deal done, particularly with the signing of one midfielder – Manchester City’s James Milner – already in the bag.

While the signing of the talented 21-year-old would likely be welcomed by our fans, you have to think that we currently have other priorities – most notably a right-back, a goalkeeper and a striker (or two).

Ideally, we’d get all of the above, but considering the spending spree of last summer this feels somewhat optimistic. We will have to wait and see how far Brendan Rodgers and co are willing to stretch for this one.

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