Kovacic on Real Madrid strike to force through transfer

Luka Modric Real Madrid 2018

Modric's star rose to new heights this summer in Russian Federation as he helped lead Croatia to the tournament final, where they ultimately fell 4-2 to France.

Inter manager Luciano Spalletti admitted the 32-year-old could arrive at San Siro, saying: "I will keep on dreaming with the fans." .

Inter Milan made contact with Modric's agents over a possible move, according to Sky in Italy, but Real president Florentino Perez says anyone wishing to sign the midfielder must pay his £668m buy-out clause.

But speaking in NY ahead of Tuesday's International Champions Cup clash with Roma, Lopetegui said he believed both Croatia internationals were content.

"I talked to him after his excellent World Cup and we'll see if he can play on August 15 [vs Atletico Madrid in the European Super Cup]".

The midfielder, who has returned from holiday after Croatia's World Cup campaign, is now training with Madrid's Castilla side. The 24-year-old Croatia worldwide is keen to play more regularly than he does for Real but the club do not want to sell him because he is a good deputy for 32-year-old Luka Modric.

"What I told him is ultimately private but what I feel is that he's a player that I love watching and I'm thrilled to have him and ultimately I think he'll be very happy to be on the team".

Il Giornale are reporting that Florentina Perez is happy to let one of his star players leave the Bernabeu this summer in something of a shock story.

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