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Liverpool linked with transfer for Inter Milan youngster

Mateo Kovacic in action for Inter Milan
Mateo Kovacic in action for Inter MilanPhoto by Marco Luzzani

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has made some excellent signings of young talent from throughout Europe since he arrived at Anfield at the beginning of last season. According to TalkSPORT on Apr. 28, 2014, the Reds’ manager appears to be interested in another young rising star.

Known by many as the young Croatian version of Yaya Toure, Inter Milan midfielder Mateo Kovacic. The Austrian born Croat has breathed life in Inter Milan on several occasions, but the youngster’s current situation at the Italian club currently sees him playing nowhere near as regularly as a talent of his caliber would be expected to.

His plight at Inter is much like that of young Brazilian midfielder, Coutinho, who moved to Liverpool in January of 2013.

According to rumors the Reds are believed to be offering potentially up to €20 million, a fee that could be more than Inter would likely refuse with their hopes of rebuilding for a return to the top four of the Italian Serie A over the summer.

Kovacic has the ability to play multiple positions, a trait that Rodgers tends to lean towards in his signings. While being able to play in the midfield and behind the striker, the Croatian prefers to play as a holding midfielder and burst through the ranks of the opposition in a style much like Steven Gerrard in years past.

The 20-year-old could be a great addition to the Reds over the summer in terms of adding versatility and depth to their side as they will be preparing for additional matches with their return to the UEFA Champions League for the first time in several years.

Thomas is the Managing Editor of SWOL.co, follow him @socceratz and on Facebook.