Real Madrid news: Inter Milan boss offers Luka Modric transfer update | Football | Sport


Real Madrid midfielder Modric has been strongly linked with a lucrative Serie A switch.

The Croatian, crowned the World Cup’s best player earlier this summer, is reportedly keen on a switch after six years in the Spanish capital.

The 32-year-old has just two years left on the contract extension he signed at the Bernabeu in 2016 and according to Sky in Italy, wants a new challenge despite his standing for the European champions.

Modric has won 14 trophies in his time with Real Madrid including the last three Champions Leagues and Inter will reportedly wait until the August 31 deadline if they have to in order to complete a deal.

Inter boss Spalletti has previously declared it a dream that both he and the Nerazzurri’s fans share of signing Modric – widely recognised as one of the world’s best in his position.

But with a deal appearing increasingly unlikely, the Italian now says he is pleased with his current options after Matias Vecino ended up staying despite rumours of interest from Premier League side Chelsea.

Spalletti told Sky Sport Italia when asked for an update on Modric after signing a new contract at San Siro: “You will have to ask the sporting director [Piero Ausilio] about that.

“I will not say anything more with regards to the transfer market. I’m already very happy with what I have in my squad. These players are the ones I would want to have.

“I’m in the changing room with people I would have chosen even if I was playing on a computer game.”

Madrid have publicly insisted that Modric would cost any club €750million (£669m) because of his release clause.

They are reluctant to lose another influential figure following the £88m sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Inter’s Serie A rivals Juventus last month.

But Ronaldo also had a huge €1billion (£891m) buy-out clause in his terms at Los Blancos but was allowed to leave at a cheaper price after a personal plea to Real president Florentino Perez.

It is suggested that Perez and Madrid would be willing to significantly improve Modric’s terms with the club to match the big-money wages offered by Inter if he were to stay.

The player’s agent, Marko Naletilic, recently suggested it is inevitable that the player will move to Italy eventually.

“For whatever reason, Modric wants to be a star in Serie A with Inter,” he said.

“Let’s see. I believe that sooner or later Luka will play in Italy.

“Like a lot of Croatians his age, he grew up watching Italian football.”

Real Madrid face Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn, Finland tonight (8pm) with Modric in line to be involved.



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