Real Madrid are set to hold a meeting on Friday with Luka Modric amid speculation he could be set to leave the club this summer, according to reports in Spain.
The 32-year-old, who enjoyed a sensational World Cup campaign; helping Croatia reach the final and picking up the tournament's Golden Ball award, has been the subject of interest from Inter - who are keen to counteract Juventus' capture of Cristiano Ronaldo earlier in the window.
Luka Modric ready to marry Inter pic.twitter.com/hwVGLxOwpr— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) August 10, 2018
There had been talk that the creative mastermind was potentially open to exploring his options away from the Spanish capital ahead of the beginning of the upcoming campaign. However, according to Marca, Los Blancos are set to attempt to nip any interest in the bud by extending the playmaker's stay in the Spanish capital.
The article claims that, despite Modric's reported openness to a move away, Florentino Perez is unwilling to negotiate on any price but the player's €750m release clause, and the club president is hoping he will be able to persuade his attacking ace to remain at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
It is said that he will entrust managing director
In truth, it looks unlikely that Modric will leave Real Madrid this summer - despite the capital side already allowing their centrepiece to depart for Serie A.
Obviously landing Modric would be an enormous coup for Inter, but the pursuit of the Croatian midfield overshadows fact that adding Keita Balde would have a ton of upside- imagine him, Perisic & Nainggolan behind Icardi playing for Spalletti— David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) August 10, 2018
However, Modric's reported willingness to seek football elsewhere, alongside the loss of Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and Mateo Kovacic, should come as a warning to Perez and co. regarding the club's current situation.