The 25-year-old, who won the 2018 FIFA World Cup with his national team, is reportedly being chased by Spanish giants FC Barcelona and Serie A outfit Juventus, but with the English transfer window now closed, it seems unlikely any deal will materialise. "You'll see then which teams are candidates". The window is still open for most European nations until 31 August, which means Premier League players can still be sold.
Manchester United's centre-back pursuit ended on what could arguably be deemed to be comical terms.
Having spent three seasons at Real's city rivals Atletico Madrid, on loan from Chelsea, Courtois expressed a desire to return to the Spanish capital from London - missing training with his former club earlier in the week to seemingly help push through a move. Summer signing Jonny Evans, formerly of United, Nampalys Mendy and Demarai Gray (ankle) are also concerns. In the clash in 2015/16, the Red Devils claimed a point in a 1-1 draw to stop Leicester from winning the title at the Old Trafford.
Last season may have been United's highest finish since Sir Alex Ferguson retired but the 19-point gap to runaway Premier League champions Manchester City underlined the improvements required. The Red Devils and the Foxes have had just 24 meetings between them.
But an inconsistent defense may get a test from England worldwide striker Jamie Vardy, though the Foxes did lose their best player - Riyad Mahrez - in the summer as he was sold to Manchester City. Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic are on the injury table, while Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Diogo Dalot and Sergio Romero are ruled out too. For Leicester City, after using Riyad Mahrez, the team could very well find itself in the relegation battle if it stars slow.
Kovacic is not the only Croatian on the move, with Leicester securing 21-year-old defender Filip Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb for an undisclosed fee understood to be worth in the region of £13m.
According to The Guardian, the Man United chiefs - who previously backed their manager in the transfer market - actively decided not to purchase Mourinho's targets.