Florentino Perez Refuses to Discuss Possible Inter Move With Unsettled Midfielder Luka Modric

Florentino Perez is unwilling to entertain the possibility of Luka Modric leaving ?Real Madrid this summer and has refused to meet with the Croatian midfielder for discussions.

?Inter still want to sign Modric before the Italian transfer window closes this coming Friday, August 17. Modric is reportedly keen on joining the Nerazzurri and ?wanted to meet with Perez to request a move away.

But with three times Champions League-winning manager Zinedine Zidane and superstar talisman Cristiano Ronaldo having already left the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, Perez outright refuses to allow another high-profile departure.

Madrid have been trying to convince Modric to stay, ?reportedly offering the 33-year-old a bumper new contract equal to that of club captain Sergio Ramos. Modric’s current contract runs until 2020.

?CalcioMercato claim that Perez has a cunning plan to keep Modric in place. With the Italian transfer window so close to its end, Perez believes that he can simply wait out the storm and, by refusing to talk to Modric, force him to stay in Spain.

Modric’s entourage is still in Madrid at the moment, trying to push for a move away from the European champions.

Monday could provide some answers about where Modric’s future lies, as Real Madrid are flying to Tallinn ahead of Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup against rivals ?Atletico Madrid.

If Modric is among the travelling contingent, that will indicate that a move to Inter is not imminent. If he is not on board, the rumours will only spiral.

Modric’s value was boosted by his performances at the World Cup, where he won the Golden Ball as Croatia reached their first ever final.


Real Madrid Eye Spurs Ace Eriksen as Heir to Luka Modri? as Inter Continue to Chase Midfield Maestro

??Real Madrid are believed to be eyeing up a move for ?Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen, with the Danish dynamo lined up as a replacement for Luka Modri?, should he move to ?Inter this summer.

According to the Sun, ?Serie A sleeping giants Inter are still relentlessly pursuing the Croatian international, and are intent on signing him before transfer windows across the rest of Europe close. Eriksen has just two years left on his deal at Spurs, and the club are thought to be desperately trying to convince their star to extend his contract.

France v Croatia - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final

The report gives no indication of their source of information, which suggests that it could be a mere rumour rather than being based on solid evidence. It certainly seems unusual that Spurs would sell Eriksen at this stage, with the Premier League transfer window closed, and no opportunity to find a suitable replacement until January.

However, Spurs do have a history of selling their best players to Real Madrid, with both Modri? and Bale making the move from north London to the Bernabéu in recent years. Having failed to sign Eden Hazard from ?Chelsea, the pressure will be on Los Blancos to sign a marquee player before the window closes, but the chances of signing Eriksen seem unlikely at present.

While Modri? is believed to be keen on a move to Inter, Real Madrid are unlikely to let their midfield maestro leave this summer. The 32-year-old was named the best player at the 2018 World Cup, as his efforts saw Croatia reach the final against the odds in a spirited campaign. Modri? is a key figure at the Bernabéu, and is likely to be out of Inter’s price range.

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Further reports have claimed that Real Madrid will look to put the Modri? rumours to bed within the next couple of weeks, by ?offering the former Spurs man a massive €10m per year deal – equalling that of club captain Sergio Ramos. Modri? has been with Los Blancos for six seasons, winning one La Liga title and four Champions League trophies during his impressive spell.


Brazil Legend Ronaldo in Intensive Care in Ibiza After Being Diagnosed With Pneumonia

?Legendary Brazilian footballer Ronaldo has been taken into intensive care after coming down with pneumonia while on holiday in Ibiza.

Ronaldo, who retired in 2011, and is widely renowned as one of the greatest football players of all time, was diagnosed with the illness on Friday night, and according to the Mirror, was rushed to the Can Misses hospital on Friday evening.

The hospital says he remains in intensive care, but is making ‘good progress’. No more information is available currently for ‘data protection reasons’.

He was believed to be visiting the house he owns on the island a few days ago for a summer break, and the news comes as a shock to many, as his playing career made a significant impact on so many football fans.

His 18-year career spanned seven different clubs, winning the FIFA World Player of the Year three times and the Ballon d’Or twice, as well as two league titles with Real Madrid, two World Cups with Brazil, and a UEFA Cup with Inter, among countless other accolades.

He featured for Cruzeiro, PSV, ?Barcelona, ?Real Madrid, and both Milan clubs before returning to Brazil and retiring at Corinthians in 2011, scoring 247 goals in 343 games over the piece, and leaving a remarkable, unparalleled legacy behind.

He remains the second highest scorer in Brazil’s history, with his 62 goals in 98 games placing him behind only Pele at international level.


Inter Nearing Deal to Sign Monaco Star Next Week After Impressive Single Season in Ligue 1

??Internazionale are set to continue their summer recruitment drive with the acquisition of Monaco’s Keita Balde, according to reports in Italy.

Italian journalist ?Gianluca Di Marzio claims a deal has been struck for the Nerazurri to take the 23-year-old forward on loan for €5m, with the option to make the deal permanent next summer for an additional €34m.

Paris Saint Germain v Monaco

However, one potential snag concerns Inter winger Antonio Candreva, with the player reportedly somewhat reluctant to move to Monaco as a makeweight in the deal.

Having spent four years in ?Serie A with Lazio prior to joining Monaco last summer, Balde will need little time to get used to the rigour of the Italian league and should face no difficulty in slotting into his new side should the deal go through.

Having narrowly qualified for the Champions League last season, Inter have made a number of signings including midfielder Radja Nainggolan from Roma and promising Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez.

Hamburger SV v AS Monaco - Pre-Season Friendly

And by adding Balde to their ranks, manager Luciano Spalletti will be hoping to lead his side to further glory in the 2018/19 season as Inter return to the Champions League following an absence of several years.

An alumni of ?Barcelona‘s renowned La Masia academy, Balde joined Lazio in 2013 and scored 31 goals in 137 appearances for the club, attracting the interest of a number of top clubs. Ultimately, the forward opted to sign for Monaco and joined the club last summer for a fee believed to be in the region of €30m.


Luka Modric Set to Snub Inter in Favour of Massive New Real Madrid Contract to Match Captain Ramos

Luka Modric will remain at Real Madrid this summer, with Spanish publication Marca reporting that the midfielder has agreed to sign a new deal with Los Blancos after being offered better terms.

According to the Spanish newspaper, Madrid have moved to reward the player for his remarkable showing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in which he led the Vatreni to the final to take home the tournament’s Golden Ball award.


It is understood that Modric will be placed on the same pay scale as captain Sergio Ramos and will make around €10m per year, an improvement on his current €8m.

Italian Serie A side Inter have shown a great deal of interest in signing the 33-year-old midfielder this summer, with the player’s wife and agent reportedly offering her husband to the Nerazzurri.

Modric is also believed to have expressed his intent to join the side and follow former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo to Italy.

Madrid, however, were desperate not to lose two of their star players in the same window and had previously stated that any suitors looking to take the Croatian off of their books would have to cough up €750m in order to activate his release clause.

They planned a Friday meeting with the playmaker and, as reports in Spain would have it, all parties have emerged from the sit-down happy.

Inter were quite hopeful over the possibility of landing Modric in what would have been a sensational switch but they’re set to be sorely disappointed, given the reported developments over in Spain.


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