The Croatia international was signed in a £22.5m deal from Inter three years ago but has only started 37 La Liga games since then. According to Marca, Mourinho is aware that Kovacic is keen on joining a new club this summer and United have submitted a bid to Madrid. But while Kovacic remains intent on leaving the Champions League holders, the midfielder does not want to join United, primarily due to the concerns he has over the team’s playing style under Mourinho.
United have sent an intermediary, Vlado Lemic, to help broker the deal with Madrid but Marca claim that Kovacic has major reservations about a move to Old Trafford. Madrid, meanwhile, are keen to keep the 24-year-old at the club. Kovacic is due to return to pre-season training with Madrid in the coming days after featuring for Croatia at the World Cup and Julen Lopetegui will attempt to convince the midfielder to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu for another season.