Inter Milan are very interested in the signing of Croatian midfielder Luka Modric, according to a report from La Gazzetta Dello Sport. The midfielder would want to sign a new deal after his brilliant performances for Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and would be keen on leaving the Spanish capital if Los Blancos don’t offer him the deal he wants, according to Carlos Carpio from MARCA.
This means that Real Madrid will be forced to upgrade Modric’s contract if they don’t want to lose their key midfielder. Modric will turn 33 years old this September and Madrid might decide not to offer a long, expensive deal given that this is a similar situation to the one which ended up causing Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus. Modric’s current contract expires in 2020.
Modric is a key player for Real Madrid but it’s clear that he might not have enough fuel in the tank to sign a new four-year deal with a significant raise, if that’s what he wants. However, Madrid just can’t afford to lose both Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo in the same year and it will be extremely important for them to reach an agreement with the midfielder.
Keep in mind that Los Blancos will also need to address Mateo Kovacic’s desire to leave the club to get a more relevant role elsewhere.