Inter Milan reach agreement with Dinamo Zagreb for Mateo Kovacic

Jamie McDonald

Mateo Kovacic, an 18-year-old midfielder, will join Inter Milan from Dinamo Zagreb.

Dinamo Zagreb have confirmed they have come to an agreement with Inter Milan for the transfer of midfielder Mateo Kovacic. The 18-year-old has played at various youth levels for Croatia, and scored a goal against Lyon in Champions League play.

The sale of Philippe Coutinho to Liverpool freed up a little cash and took away cover in midfield. With Inter unable to tempt Paulinho away from Corinthians, they moved from Brazil to Croatia. Kovacic, who has been called a young Luka Modric, is primarily a central midfielder, but can play on the left and as a defensive mid. He's stalled a bit at Dinamo, having to play too deep to truly showcase his talent, but Kovacic still has plenty of potential.

Most Dinamo supporters are slightly put out by the news that their club is letting a hot young talent get away so soon, particularly when the club insisted it wasn't going to sell. But it's difficult not to bite when the deal is estimated to be worth €11m plus bonuses.

Now, let's see if Andrea Stramaccioni gives the youngster a chance, or if he'll just be another warming the bench for the nerazzurri.

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