Time potentially running out at Real Madrid for World Cup finalist

Jamie Woodhouse
Luka Modric TEAMtalk

Inter Milan may be about to re-ignite their interest in Luka Modric with Real Madrid unwilling to extend his current deal beyond 2020, according to reports. 

Milan made a move for Modric during the summer window after he reached the World Cup final with Croatia and picked up the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.

Real took the decision that Modric would remain at the Bernabeu, but these latest developments could re-open the door to a move in 2019.

A report from CalcioMercato claims this is part of a change in strategy from Madrid, as they move away from superstar signings to focus on developing young talents.

The report also claims that the 33-year-old, who earns a yearly salary of around €8million, wants a ‘super contract’, but Real are not prepared to meet his demands.

It was rumoured that Inter had offered the Croat terms similar to that of a super contract in the summer, with figures of €40million over four years supposedly offered, with an option to join and likely retire at Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning, who Inter’s majority shareholders also own.

Modric would be 35 if Real allowed him to leave as a free agent in 2020 when his contract expired, so it’s questionable whether Inter would continue to pursue the Croatian international if no deal is reached in 2019.