Inter Boss Luciano Spalletti Confirms Nerazzurri’s Desire to Sign Real Madrid Star Luka Modric

Internazionale manager Luciano Spalletti has confirmed his club’s interest in Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric.

The 2018 World Cup’s Golden Ball winner has been heavily linked with the Italian side since his exploits in Russia, with sources in Spain claiming that the player’s wife and agent offered him to the San Siro club.


Madrid president Florentino Perez, however, has deemed the Croatian untouchable – unless, of course, a club would be willing to meet the whopping €750m release clause in his deal with Los Blancos.

Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano is now claiming that Spalletti has indicated that the player is indeed a target for I Nerazzurri, who are putting things in place.

“The company has shown to work consistently, they are trying to put everything into place,” the manager was quoted as saying. “It is clear that a player like Modric would be important for anyone, let alone for us… I keep dreaming with the fans.”

Madrid are understandably hesitant to let go of the World Cup finalist. They have already lost Cristiano Ronaldo to ​Juventus this summer and letting another player of such status leave the club could prove tragic.

Modric’s performances on the international stage this year went a long way in proving just how good he still is despite being on the perceived wrong side of 30. And losing him in the same summer as Ronaldo would potentially leave the Champions League holders in a very bad place.

It has been a transitional summer for the Spanish side and they have already witnessed two shocking exits, with manager Zinedine Zidane suddenly quitting after leading the side to European glory, then Ronaldo following him out the exit door.

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Former Spain boss Julen Lopetegui has since replaced the Frenchman at the club’s helm, yet Madrid would do well to hold on to their remaining starters, especially as rivals ​Barcelona have further strengthened their side.


Luka Modric Set for Crunch Talks With Real Madrid Chief to Make Final Decision Over Inter Switch

​Luka Modric is expected to meet with ​Real Madrid president Florentino Perez for crunch talks next week, as his future at the Bernabeu comes under increasing speculation following ​Inter‘s pursuit of the Croatian star.

Modric, 32, emerged as a shock target for the Italian giants as their summer rebuild sees them continue to poach talent from across Europe, with the Real Madrid man the latest to have seemingly had his head turned. 

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While earlier reports claimed Perez had ​slapped an eye watering €750m price tag on the World Cup Golden Ball winner, Italian journalist ​Gianluca Di Marzio has stated that he will only come to his final decision over a potential sale during the decisive meeting between the pair. 

The report claims Modric wants a new challenge and is seeking to end his six-year association with Real, where the strong relationship with the Real chief will see him have his wishes granted through a gentleman’s agreement – should he fail to have his mind changed. 

Perez is therefore crucial to any potential deal with the Nerazzurri as his astronomical valuation of the midfielder will need to be reevaluated for Inter to make the transfer a reality before the end of the month. 

Di Marzio claims the Serie A side have already established contact with Modric’s representatives and are confident that they can offer personal terms which will satisfy the midfielder’s demands.

However, journalist Melchor Ruiz, via ​The Partidazo of Cope on Twitter, is of the view that Modric has not informed Real of his desire to leave the club, instead the club have received all information from the Italian media. 

Furthermore, he claims the midfielder nor his representatives have yet to make contact with Inter.

The latest twist in the story, however, comes from ​Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla who claims a change in stance from Perez to allow Modric to leave following his €750m declaration could open the door for other players to seek an exit. 

None more so than Marcelo who was subject to an approach from Juventus earlier in the window after their need for a left back increased with Alex Sandro tipped for the exit door – not to mention his close friend Cristiano Ronaldo having sealed a move to Turin last month. 


Real Madrid Receive Thibaut Courtois Boost as Stopper’s Agent Pleads With Chelsea to Accept Offer

​​Real Madrid have received a boost in their pursuit of ​Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois after the shot stoppers agent publicly urged the Blues to let him move to the Bernabeu this summer. 

Los Blancos are eager to land the Belgium international as a replacement for Keylor Navas, a feeling which is shared by Courtois who has had his heart set on a return to Spain as his children currently live in Madrid. 

Despite the 26-year-old having entered the final year of his deal at Chelsea which ensures he will be able to leave next summer on a free transfer, the Blues have remained firm in their stance that their £40m valuation be met.

Yet while Blues boss ​Maurizio Sarri has insisted that Courtois will not be sold, reports have claimed that the keeper is expected to actively push for a move – a stance which is corroborated by his agent Christophe Henrotay.

“I have been reading everywhere that Chelsea are saying it is up to Thibaut, but he has made it clear to the club that the best option for him is to move to Madrid,” Henrotay told ​The Sun.

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“For him this is a big decision because he wants to be near his family, and there is an offer in place for Chelsea to accept.

“It is understandable people might be upset because he wants to leave the club, we accept that. But this is a human decision based on someone wanting to be close to his children – and that is a reasonable thing too,” he added.

While the pressure is being mounted from Courtois’ side, Chelsea will have limited time to secure a replacement for the keeper if they do decide to let him leave this summer as the transfer window for incoming players comes to an end on Thursday.  


Former Spain Under-21 Coach Albert Celades Re-Joins Real Madrid as Julen Lopetegui’s Assistant

Real Madrid have announced the appointment of their former midfielder Albert Celades as assistant coach to new boss Julen Lopetegui.

Celades played at Madrid for five years, between 2000-2005, and won two league titles with the Spanish giants, as well as their ninth Champions League trophy.

Most recently, Celades was employed as Spain’s Under-21 head coach, a position he held from 2014 to 2018, having previously coached the country’s Under-16 squad.

“Albert Celades joins Real Madrid as assistant coach Julen Lopetegui,” Madrid stated on their official website. 

“His coaching career is linked to the lower categories of Spain, where he has held the position of U21 coach from 2014 to 2018. 

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“With this category he was runner-up in Europe in 2017. He previously led the U-16 team. In addition, he was present at the last World Cups in Brazil and Russia as an assistant coach of the Spanish national team.”

Born in Barcelona, Celades has also played for the Camp Nou occupants and has represented both Spain and Catalonia at international level.


Maurizio Sarri Admits Uncertainty Over Courtois Future & Addresses Willian Pre-Season

​Chelsea manager Maurizo Sarri has addressed the rumours of Willian’s absence from training this week and expects the Brazilian winger to stay at the club after a ‘positive’ conversation.

Willian has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer, with speculation only fuelled when he failed to report for pre-season on time and eventually arrived for duty five days later than expected.


Speaking at a press conference ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield clash with Manchester City at Wembley, Sarri has attempted to put the matter to bed.

“I spoke yesterday with him about his lateness. It was a very positive conversation so I’m very happy about it. There is no Willian problem,” the boss said, via

“I’m very confident [Willian will stay],” he added.

Sarri appears less sure about the future of Thibaut Courtois, who recently entered the final 12 months of his contract and is wanted by Real Madrid.


“I don’t know. At the moment Courtois is the goalkeeper of Chelsea. I don’t know about the future, it depends on the club and especially on him, but I hope Courtois will be our goalkeeper,” the 59-year-old coach said.

As far as the Community Shield is concerned, the Italian explained: “First of all I’m looking forward to playing at Wembley because it’s my first time.

“The match will be very difficult for us. I want to win because it’s very important but at this moment of the season it’s very important to have a good performance. We have to improve and I hope to see from my team another step.

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“Of course the players are not at the top level, they are a bit tired maybe because of a lot of training, travelling and matches. So we are not at the top level but we have to try to have a good performance and result.”


XI 2018 Summer Transfers That All Together Cost Less Than Real Madrid’s £670m Luka Modric Price Tag

“The only possibility that Modric leaves is by paying €750m (£670m).”

Yep, you read that correctly. 

Those are the words of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez amid rumours Inter are preparing a summer swoop for the World Cup Golden Ball-winner. 

Even in today’s market, where an initial eye-watering £40m only secures you an unproven talent from Watford, £670m is still quite a lot of money.

So, instead of forking out over three times as much as Paris Saint-Germain parted with to secure Neymar 12 months ago, we have compiled an XI who have already switched club allegiances this summer and could challenge any in the world – as well as leaving you with enough spare change for a few squaddies, too. 

1. Gianluigi Buffon – Juventus to PSG – Free

Despite the big 4-0 already passing Gianluigi Buffon by last season, there any not many goalkeepers on the planet who rival the experienced custodian. 

Only recently, it seemed almost unfathomable to witness the Italian legend don anything but the Azzurri or Juventus crests while plying his trade, yet, PSG managed to lure the guardian to France – and all for £670m less than the price tag placed on Modric. 

2. Joao Cancelo – Valencia to Juventus – £35.5m

Speaking of the Old Lady, with Buffon no longer on call to marshal Massimiliano Allegri’s men from the back, the Serie A champions have had to dig into their pockets to freshen up what was becoming a stale defensive line. 

Step in Joao Cancelo, who, after an impressive loan spell at Inter Milan last season, has made his switch from La Liga to Italy permanent. 

3. Bernardo – RB Leipzig to Brighton – £9m

Maybe not a name which takes the headlines – but one who could make a name for himself in the English game – is Brighton & Hove Albion’s new left-back Bernardo. 

Playing an instrumental role in RB Leipzig’s rise to (relative) success in Germany, including gaining both Champions League and Europa League experience, the young Brazilian is certainly one to watch.  

4. Stefan De Vrij – Lazio to Inter – Free

Thanks solely to Lazio’s inability to tie down Stefan De Vrij to a contract extension over the past 12 months, Inter Milan have managed to pull off one of the signings of the summer so far by securing the centre back on a free transfer. 

The 26-year-old was pivotal in Biancocelesti’s ‘almost’ year last time around, and will undoubtedly strengthen Luciano Spalletti’s men as they aim to reclaim their once dominance in Serie A. 

5. Sokratis Papastathopoulos – Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal – £17.7m

Somewhat annoyingly, Arsenal seem to have captured a genuine talent in Sokratis Papastathopoulos without the Gunnersaurus pulling Arsene Wenger’s strings. 

The 30-year-old centre back’s positional play and height will be a significant tool in Unai Emery’s arsenal (not sorry) at both ends of the pitch, and could be a significant characteristic as to where the north Londoners finish up this year. 

6. Naby Keita – RB Leipzig to Liverpool – £52.8m

The transfer that seemingly took an age to complete finally crossed the line this summer, with RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita formalising his pre-agreed switch to Liverpool. 

The 23-year-old has undoubtedly been one of the Bundesliga’s rising stars over the last few years – and even though the 23-year-old’s dip in performance coincided with the Reds’ move – he could become one of football’s hottest properties in the future. 

7. Iniesta – Barcelona to Vissel Kobe – Free

Well, there is not a lot that can be said about Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta that is not already in the public domain. 

Despite his age, 34, the Spain international proved once again last season he still possesses enough talent to feature at the highest level, and if Modric is being touted at over £600m, who knows the fee the maestro’s genius would demand in a similar situation. 

8. Arthur – Gremio to Barcelona – £35.5m

Although yet unproven in La Liga, Barcelona’s capture of Arthur this summer could turn out to be one of the most influential factors in whether they are to continue their overall recent dominance of Spanish football. 

The 21-year-old Brazilian has shown early signs of brilliance during Blaugrana’s pre-season and should enjoy several years of unadulterated success at the Camp Nou in years to come. 

9. Kylian Mbappe – Monaco to PSG – £159.3m

Similarly to the aforementioned Keita, Kylian Mbappe’s pre-agreed move to PSG was officially formalised this transfer window, meaning the 2018 World Cup star matches the already spoken of criteria. 

With 13 goals in Ligue 1 last year, four in the Coupe de France and the same amount again at Russia’s festival of football, the France international has already showcased his immense talent in front of goal – as well as much besides. 

10. Lautaro Martinez – Racing Club to Inter – £20.1m

Maybe another whose name is not most familiar – unless, of course, you find yourself bargain hunting on FIFA or Football Manager – is Inter Milan’s new Argentinian frontman, Lautaro Martinez.

Although not renowned throughout Europe yet, the 20-year-old comes with a big reputation from Racing Club, and should be one to keep your eye on over the course of the 2018/19 term.

11. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid to Juventus – £88.5m

And finally, who else?

Despite being widely labelled as one of the best two players in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo bid farewell to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu last month to conquer pastures new in Italy. 

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, similarly to Iniesta, still has so much to offer, even if he is entering the twilight years of his career – as will inevitably be shown on the grandest stages in the next 12 months or so. 


Real Madrid Star Offered to Inter By Wife & Agent But Los Blancos Will Only Entertain Huge Fee

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has reportedly been offered to Serie A side Inter but Los Blancos will only consider selling the Croatia international if his hefty release clause is met.

Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport report that Vanja Bosnic, who has been married to the Croatian midfielder since 2010, also works as his agent and has reportedly contacted the Serie A side to offer them her husband’s services.

The midfielder is understood to be seeking a move away from Real Madrid after a six-year spell at the Santiago Bernabeu and is interested in joining the Nerazzurri this summer. 

The 32-year-old, who had a fantastic World Cup campaign, led Croatia to the final last month and won the tournament’s Golden Ball following a set of remarkable performances. As various sources would have it, he is now intent on following former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo to Italy, with the Portuguese superstar having joined Juventus this summer.

In spite of what Modric might want, a summer move to Inter won’t happen that easily. The Croatian is contracted to Real until 2020 and the Spanish supremos are believed to be preparing to make an offer of improved terms, although he is set to turn 33 next month.

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The player won’t come cheap either as his value has risen since the World Cup. Inter are under a bit of financial strain this summer and would risk falling afoul of UEFA’s financial fair play stipulations if they were to purchase Modric outright, yet an initial loan deal with an option to buy would be a solution.

Real, though, are unlikely to let a player of Modric’s importance leave this late in the window unless ground is made up with alternative options in the market, while they also won’t be willing to entertain any offers below the player’s jaw-dropping €750m release clause, per a report from  MARCA.

“The only possibility that Modric leaves is by paying €750m,” president Florentino Perez is quoted as saying.

The thought of Real losing both Ronaldo and Modric in the same summer is rather scary, and it would be hard to imagine them sanctioning a move away for the midfielder in the current window.


VIDEO: Real Madrid Star Caught Mocking David de Gea With ‘Karius’ Chant Before Pre-Season Match

​​Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio was caught on camera making a cheeky dig at ​Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea before their pre-season friendly, repeatedly shouting ‘Karius’ at his Spain teammate in the tunnel.

The video clearly shows the 22-year-old indulging in a little pre-game banter with De Gea, seemingly comparing his World Cup howler against Portugal to ​​Liverpool stopper Loris Karius’ high profile blunder against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

The video is unlikely to endear Los Blancos any further with Liverpool fans, who expressed their condemnation of their opposition’s rough treatment of their goalkeeper following the match. Veteran Sergio Ramos was highlighted as a key contributor to Karius’ blunders, after he appeared to elbow the German goalkeeper in the head before his mistakes.

The Reds will be desperate for revenge this season, and will be hoping for a Champions League reunion with the Spanish side to level the score from their defeat in May. Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has brought in Brazilian number one Alisson on a record £67m deal, and will be hoping to have solved a key issue in his squad with the purchase.

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​The new Liverpool number one is set to make his non-competitive debut against Napoli in a pre-season later in the month. Despite conceding seven goals against the Reds during their Champions League semi-final clashes last season, Alisson is widely regarded as one of the top goalkeepers in world football, and keeps ​Manchester City’s Ederson out of the Brazil starting XI.


Spanish Report Claims Real Madrid Approached Liverpool Star After Cristiano Ronaldo Departure

​Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah was one of two high-profile ​Premier League stars to rebuff ​Real Madrid’s advances last month as Los Blancos sought an immediate replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo ended his eight-year association with Real this summer to join Juventus in a £99m move and Julen Lopetegui has been seeking a replacement ever since.

Spanish outlet ​El Pais claim that Salah and Tottenham striker Harry Kane were both targets of the European champions, but neither was interested in moving to the Santiago Bernabeu.

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It was thought that Eden Hazard was close to becoming Real Madrid’s Ronaldo replacement, but ​Chelsea are reluctant to sell the Belgian and he doesn’t want to force his way out of the club in an unseemly fashion, according to the ​Metro.

Reports claim that Salah signed a contract extension at ​Liverpool in response to Real’s interest, meaning that they must have approached him before the Ronaldo sale had gone through. Salah signed a new contract on 2 July, nine days before Ronaldo officially joined ​Juventus.

As for Kane, ​Tottenham gave Real Madrid very short shrift on that front. The ‘Galactico’ policy of spending huge amounts on big-name players ​is apparently a thing of the past, and Spurs would demand a record-breaking nine-figure sum to let Kane go.

Given the absurd sums of money being thrown around in football these days, one imagines that Florentino Perez will have to relax his new policy if Real are to find a suitable replacement for their departed Portuguese superstar.

For now, they may decide to place their trust in Gareth Bale and see if he can step out of Ronaldo’s shadow to become the new star of the team.


New Signing Claims Real Madrid Will Replace Cristiano Ronaldo Ahead of 2018/19 Season

Real Madrid defender Álvaro Odriozola has suggested that the club already has plans which have been set in motion to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, who upped sticks to join Serie A champions Juventus this summer.

The 22-year-old full back put pen to paper on a six-year contract at the Santiago Bernabéu earlier in the transfer window, and Odriozola made his first appearances following the €30m move during a pre-season defeat against Manchester United.


Afterwards, Odriozola spoke of Real Madrid’s ambitions for the upcoming campaign, and even hinted that a big-money arrival could be in the pipeline as the club look to replace Ronaldo.

We prepared for a season with many challenges, we want to challenge for all the titles and this test is good,” Odriozola said with one eye on Real Madrid’s UEFA Super Cup final match against city rivals Atlético, quoted by AS.

“I start looking at the squad and [remember] this team won the Champions League two months ago. For me, this is the best in the world. But I’m sure we’re going to replace Cristiano.”

Odriozola also silenced any rumours surrounding the Theo Hernández and his rumoured move to Real Sociedad. 

Although the French defender is still expected to move to San Sebastián on loan, Odriozola – an Erreala youth product – claims the two haven’t held any discussions surrounding Theo’s doubts about the move.

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No, he has not asked me, I am oblivious to that type of rumour, and of course he has not told me anything,” he added following Real Madrid’s defeat against Manchester United.