By Will Butcher
Jurgen Klopp has been told that he will need to spend £24 million to bring Real Madrid playmaker Mateo Kovacic to Anfield, according to a report.
The Croatian has had a torrid debut season at Bernabeu after leaving Inter Milan last summer, making only eight La Liga starts and scoring his only goal in an 8-0 rout by Real.
Reliable Italian news outlet Gazetta dello Sport claim Klopp has been told that he must spend £24million to sign the former Inter man on a permanent basis.
It is said Klopp was originally keen for a loan move but is now contemplating a permanent deal.
Kovacic is reportedly desperate to leave Madrid after falling down the pecking order behind the likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Isco.
However, Liverpool will have to fend off interest in the player from Roma, who need to replace Miralem Pjanic after the Bosnian moved to Juventus earlier this month.
Kovacic is highly thought of in Italy after three impressive seasons at the San Siro, which at the time prompted his move to Real Madrid. Despite only scoring eight goals in three seasons, his box-to-box running and creativity made him a fan favourite.
There could be a lot more to come from Kovacic, who began his career at Dinamo Zagreb. At only 22, Kovacic would fit right into the type of player that Klopp wants to bring to Anfield.
In other Liverpool news, Besiktas have rubbished claims that they are in talks to bring this striker away from Anfield.