Juventus plotting January swoop for Kovacic

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With such an abundance of talent filling the ranks of Spanish super club Real Madrid, it can be incredibly difficult for some of the fringe players to force their way into the starting XI. The majority of these players are still remarkable talents in their own rights, and often a move away from the Spanish capital can be the best decision for their careers.

One such player is Mateo Kovacic, who has featured just three times in La Liga this season for Los Blancos. At just 23 years of age, the Croatian international is heading towards the prime of his career, and with a World Cup coming up in 2018, he will want to secure as much game time as possible in the upcoming months.

Step in, Juventus, who have been looking for a solution to their midfield problems for some time. The Old Lady is interested in not only Kovacic, but also Real starlet Dani Ceballos, according to Spanish publication AS.

The Italian giants have slipped down to third place in the Serie A table as they look to defend their title once again, and they find themselves two points off leaders Inter Milan after 16 games.

The addition of Kovacic would allow Il Bianconeri to better compete on multiple fronts, competing not only for the league title but also for the Champions League, if they can overcome a tough clash with Tottenham in the Round of 16.