Los Blancos do not want to lose the 24-year-old midfielder this summer
It has been revealed that Mateo Kovacic has a £264million (€300m) release clause in his Real Madrid contract.
Kovacic, the Croatia midfielder, has admitted he wants to leave Los Blancos this summer to guarantee playing time he is not certain of at the Bernabeu.
The 24-year-old started just 10 LaLiga matches last season, and he said about his situation: “I would like to play more at Real Madrid because I love football and I love being on the pitch.
“I know that it’s difficult to be a starter at Real Madrid, especially when I arrived at a really young age.
“I understand the situation, but because of that I believe the best thing for me would be to go to another club where I’d have the opportunity to play regularly as a starter.”
However, Real Madrid are not willing to sell Kovacic, despite the midfielder reportedly being the subject of offers from Premier League trio Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal, as well as teams from Germany and Italy.
There was the chance any interested party could trigger Kovacic’s release clause to force Real into selling him, with it widely reported the clause was set at around £44million (€50m).
However, it has now been reported by Marca that the clause is actually set at an eye-watering £264m (€300m), which is likely to deter any side from triggering the clause.