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TOP STORY: Modric set for decisive meeting with Real
The rumours surrounding a possible move from Real Madrid to Inter Milan for Luka Modric are gaining steam, with Gianluca di Marzio reporting that the 32-year-old will meet with club president Florentino Perez early next week without his agent in an attempt to clarify his future.
Perez said on Friday that Real have no intention of letting Modric, who has two years left on his deal in Madrid, go and that the only way he could possibly leave the Bernabeu is if a team was willing to pay his €750 million release clause in full.
But the Di Marzio report suggests Modric is undeterred and wants to follow former Galactico teammate Cristiano Ronaldo to Serie A, believing that if he “holds his ground, Inter can [help him] realize his dream because there is a gentleman’s agreement between the Croatian and the Real Madrid president.”
The report also suggests that Inter have the “upper hand” if negotiations begin between the Serie A club and Real if Perez did indeed promise Modric he could go, with the Milan club ready to meet any of the World Cup Golden Ball winner’s salary demands.
Kovacic coveted by AC Milan
See if you can pick up on a theme here. The Mirror says that Mateo Kovacic (also a Croatia international) could leave Real Madrid for AC Milan in search of a regular starting spot at a club.
Kovacic played an important, albeit not regular, role for Zinedine Zidane as Real marched to a third-successive Champions League trophy last season and his impact was not lost on those watching in the Rossoneri camp.
With Gonzalo Higuain added to their attack and Mattia Caldara added to the defensive ranks in exchange for Leonardo Bonucci, Kovacic, who has to compete with Modric Toni Kroos and Casemiro for a look in at Real, may also be tempted to follow his Croatia teammate in a move to Serie A.
Arzani to Parkhead via Man City
Teenage sensation Daniel Arzani looks set for a loan to Celtic from Manchester City after he completes his move from sister club Melbourne City in the A-League, according to the Express.
The 19-year-old was one of the few bright spots for Australia at the World Cup and now looks set to light up the U.K. in a deal that would see him spend two years on loan in the Scottish Premiership.
And the Glasgow Evening Times reports that “Arzani is expected to complete the paperwork over the deal over the weekend and could be paraded at Celtic at some point in the coming week.” Arzani, who was the youngest player at the World Cup in Russia, could also benefit by playing alongside his Socceroos teammate Tom Rogic at Celtic.
The Times says Arzani won’t be the last to sign at Parkhead this summer, either, as “Brendan Rodgers believes there will be further new arrivals to come before the closure of the transfer window at the end of the month.”
– Alvaro Morata is adamant he won’t be leaving Chelsea this summer after the striker struggled during his debut season at Stamford Bridge. The Spain international, who didn’t make his country’s World Cup squad for Russia, told the Mirror he spoke to both manager Maurizio Sarri and the club’s director and was assured they have faith in him despite his wanting goals return of just 11 for Chelsea in the Premier League last campaign.
– LAFC has acquired Brazilian defender Danilo Silva on a five-month loan from Internacional. LAFC acquired the MLS rights to the 31-year-old Silva on Friday by sending a fourth-round pick in next year’s draft to the New York Red Bulls.
– Barcelona have completed the signing of defender Moussa Wague, who starred for Senegal at this summer’s World Cup. Wague, 19, joins Barca from Belgian side KAS Eupen for an undisclosed fee and will sign his contract in the coming days after passing a medical on Friday.
– Columbus Crew SC reacquired winger Justin Meram from Orlando City on Friday, the MLS clubs confirmed. Meram had spent seven years in Columbus but asked for a trade last year when talks over a new contract stalled, and now will return after an unproductive half-season in Orlando.
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