The La Liga heavyweights are believed to be closing in on a deal for the Portuguese EURO 2016 winner, who will further bolster their already plentiful midfield ranks.
Should Gomes seal a switch to the Bernabeu, reports from Marca (below) claim Kovacic could make way, with Liverpool, as well as teams in Italy, keen on the 22-year-old playmaker.
The Reds have been aligned with a move for Newcastle’s Georginio Wijnaldum of late, but the Croatia international, who plays in a similar position, might be an alternative option should a deal with the Magpies prove too difficult to push through.
Kovacic himself is thought to be open to the idea of staying at Real, but he’s already behind a host of players in Zinedine Zidane’s pecking order, including his compatriot, Luka Modric.
The young pass-master was heavily aligned with Liverpool last summer before he joined the Madrid giants.