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Montella wants Real Madrid starlet to move over to Milan!

Milan's midfield is due for an overhaul this summer and the two youngsters are reportedly top of the coach's wishlist.

Kovacic is rumoured to be Montella's number one midfield target
Kovacic is rumoured to be Montella's number one midfield target
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With new Coach Vincenzo Montella set to implement a more attractive, possession based style of football at Milan from next season, the Rossoneri are being linked with a slew of technically gifted midfielders. According to reports, at the top of the list are Real Madrid youngster Mateo Kovacic and Roma's Leandro Paredes.

Mateo Kovacic is a player who will be familiar to Milanisti having spent two years at hated rivals Inter before moving to Real Madrid last summer. The Croatian starlet impressed sporadically at Inter with his vision, technique and flair. Yet whilst poor management and a lack of playing time have hindered his career thus far, a move back to Serie A could allow him to finally flourish into the player that fans thought he would. Kovacic is seemingly surplus to requirements at Real Madrid, so prising him away shouldn't prove to be too difficult for Milan.

As well as Kovacic, Milan are also interested in Roma midfielder Leandro Paredes. Once described as the 'new Riquelme' in his native Argentina, Paredes excelled last season out on loan at minnows Empoli. Despite starting out his career as a trequartista, the former Boca Juniors youngster has impressed in a variety of roles under the tutelage of Marco Giampaolo, both as a creative central midfielder and as a deep lying playmaker.

Reports suggest that the midfielder could available for around 15 million Euros and so there is likely to be plenty of competition from clubs in Italy and abroad. Whilst Milan are amongst the front runners, Zenit Saint Petersburg have reportedly submitted a bid already for the player, so Milan will have to act fast if they want to secure his signature. After all the uncertainty over Milan's plans just a few weeks ago, things are now looking very encouraging indeed for the Rossoneri.