Chelsea in talks to sign Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid

Chelsea in talks to sign Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid

Following the departures of Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo from Madrid, the pair are being tipped to also seek new challenges. The 24-year-old Croatia global 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.

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.

Reports in Italy have said Modric wants to move to the Serie A club and has agreed personal terms. However, according to the Spanish paper, Modric's salary would be €10m per season and the "deal" formed by Inter's Chinese owners would be illegal in the eyes of Financial Fair Play.

In fact, reports suggest they may have already done just that.

The former Inter Milan star has reportedly been training on his own since his return from holiday - the midfielder had an extended break due to his participation at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation. It's there he will have a meeting with Florentino Perez to discuss his future, although the president won't sell for less than the €750m stated in his buyout clause.

Early rumours of Modric being linked with a transfer away from Real were initially given short shrift but that stance now appears to have softened with Inter continuing to show interest in a player who lit up the World Cup.

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