Carlton's Mitch McGovern is reportedly seen as "gettable" among rivals clubs amid murmurs linking the Blues to North Melbourne free agent Ben McKay.

McGovern is in the fifth and final year of a lucrative deal he signed after making the move from Adelaide to Ikon Park, with the versatile tall playing 45 games for the navy blues across an injury-impacted tenure.

The 28-year-old will have another key carer decision to make this year with his expiring deal, however the former Crow might need to wait for a contract to be tabled from the Blues.

According to 7 News reporter Tom Browne, Carlton are prioritising the potential acquisition of free agent Ben McKay from the Kangaroos, as well as the retention of tall Tom De Koning, ahead of McGovern's signature.

The situation has led Browne to believe McGovern is seen as "gettable" among rival clubs.

"Trade sources now regard Mitch McGovern as gettable," Browne told Channel 7's broadcast on Sunday.

"Talks haven't started on his contract, he's back in the team today. But Carlton's priortites at the moment are signing Ben McKay from North and also re-signing Tom De Koning.

"So McGovern's a little bit down their pecking order from a contractual perspective. A lot to play out but I know rival clubs now regard him as gettable."

McKay reportedly has a suitor in Port Adelaide, with the Blues now seen as a club that will come calling should an extension at Arden Street be put on hold. A move for McKay would see the Roos defender link up with twin brother Harry at the Blues, forming a lethal partnership that will impact both ends of the ground for Michael Voss' side.

The potential addition of McKay may also spell trouble for McGovern, who is already seen as the third-string defender in the Blues' rearguard behind Jacob Weitering and Lewis Young.

De Koning's signature is seen to be one of the most coveted this year, with Sydney, Essendon, St Kilda and Geelong all previously linked to the 23-year-old.

The ruck-froward hybrid could be on the end of sizeable offers from circling clubs given his potential as a versatile key-position talent.

Carlton have managed to re-sign keys names over the past couple of seasons, with Patrick Cripps, Charlie Curnow, Harry McKay, Sam Walsh and Sam Docherty all recommitting to the club.