Liverpool and Manchester United are interested in signing Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, according to Marca.

What’s the word?

The Croatian international, who reached the final of the World Cup but ultimately lost to France in Russia, has been linked with a move to the Premier League this summer.

Manchester City have been touted in the media as potential suitors, and now according to Marca, Liverpool and United are pondering offers.

Kovacic has failed to hold down a regular spot in the Madrid team since his switch to the Bernabeu from Inter Milan in 2015.

In fact, the midfielder has made just 73 La Liga appearances since then, scoring one goal and creating seven assists.

Is Liverpool the right choice?

A player of Kovacic’s quality deserves to be playing at the top level, but it would be bizarre for the midfielder to swap one bench for another.

That is not to say that the 24-year-old, who is valued at £27m by Transfermarkt, would not get into the team, but he faces plenty of competition.

Jurgen Klopp recently welcomed Fabinho and Naby Keita into his midfield, which suggests that there is not much more room for another.

If a reasonable deal could be struck financially, then perhaps Liverpool should mull it over, but for both parties, the transfer would not make much sense at this moment.

Danielle Joynson