It looks like Real Madrid’s battle with the Serie A isn’t over, with another superstar interested in making a move to Italy during the January transfer window.
Letting Cristiano Ronaldo move to Juventus could be a massive mistake for Real Madrid, not because they haven’t signed a bonafide replacement, but because it seems to have opened up the floodgates for transfers. Ever since they let the Portuguese giant go to Turin, Real Madrid have been bombarded with rumours about their other stars, from Marco Asensio and Keylor Navas all the way to Luka Modric and Marcelo, linked with moves to either Italy or England.
Especially for both Marcelo and Luka Modric with Serie A giants Juventus and Inter Milan respectively, persistent and hell-bent on signing the two Bernabeu stars. However, the rumours calmed down after the transfer window, with Modric even coming out to say he never thought about leaving and that rumours about a move were “utter nonsense”.
But now, a month later and it looks like things have re-ignited once again, with Juventus once again after Marcelo and according to reports from SportMediaset, Luka Modric wants to join Inter Milan in January. It adds that the Croatian star has told his friends and family, that he intends to use the winter transfer window to re-open the possibility of a potential move to the San Siro.
Not only that, the 33-year-old wants to participate in re-building the Nerazzurri and further challenge Ronaldo’s Juventus to a Scudetto. The Croatian star has been the stalwart in Real Madrid’s line-up amid the revolving door of players and managers and has won the hearts of the world with his performances for club and country.
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Not only that, Modric was crowned the World Cup’s best player and won UEFA Men’s Player of the Year a few weeks ago, outdoing Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohammed Salah to the punch. That’s exactly why both Florentino Perez and manager Julen Lopetegui are unwilling to let the Croatian star leave this season, especially with Mateo Kovacic on loan and no worthy replacement.
Luka Modric has slowly evolved from one of the worst transfers of the season, to potentially becoming the first man since Kaka to beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to a Ballon d’Or in the last decade. However, losing him will be an even bigger blow than losing Ronaldo, as goals can be replaced but a world class midfielder is hard to come by.
Just ask Barcelona about how their search to replace Andres Iniesta is going.