Inter Revive Interest in Real Madrid Superstar Luka Modric But Transfer Could Depend on PSG

Serie A side Inter Milan are ready to resume their pursuit of Croatian star Luka Modric following positive talks over the summer.

The World Cup finalist, who walked away with the tournament’s Golden Ball, has had a splendid year playing in midfield for both club and country and was recently recognised as The Best FIFA Men’s Player for 2018.

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Modric was one of Inter’s most wanted targets over the summer but, given ?Real’s understandable desire to keep him around, the two clubs could not agree over a transfer for the Croatian. Modric is understood to have been keen on a Nerazzurri move, with his wife and agent even offering him to Inter.

According to Italian publication Corriere dello Sport, the San Siro occupants are prepared to ramp up their efforts to acquire the influential midfielder. However, a deal is unlikely to be reached unless Madrid sign either ?Neymar or ?Kylian Mbappe, both of French side Paris Saint-Germain.

The two attackers have commanded the interest of Real president Florentino Perez, who is said to be ready to sanction what would be a world-record move for either star.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s summer departure has affected the club in a huge way and their poor start to the 2018/19 campaign has underlined their deficiencies in attack. Real have failed to score in their last four appearances, with their last goal being scored against Espanyol on September 22.

Since then, Julen Lopetegui’s troops have lost to Sevilla, CSKA Moscow and Alaves, also dropping points in a goalless draw with ?Atletico Madrid, a match they probably should have lost as well if we are to take that valid handball claim into consideration.

The side were forced to deny interest in the PSG pair during the summer, but reports indicate that they are very much on the hunt, especially now that there’s a ?Ronaldo-sized gap to address.

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7 Top Players Who Have Made Surprisingly Few International Appearances in Their Careers

Being English in the Premier League is sometimes the only requirement to get called up by the national team these days, as Watford’s Nathaniel Chalobah can probably attest to after his latest Three Lions call-up was the result of just four minutes of Premier League action this season.

It’s not quite the same for other national teams, where even top class individuals playing for good clubs are far from guaranteed to represent their countries on a regular basis.

Here’s a look at seven current players who have played far less international football in their respective careers than you thought…

7. Alexandre Lacazette (France)

International Caps: 16

Debut: 2013

Alexandre Lacazette has only played 16 times for France in five seasons as a senior international player. That is less than Ousmane Dembele, Anthony Martial and Kylian Mbappe, all of whom are at least five years younger than the Arsenal man.

He scored 113 goals in his final four seasons with Lyon and certainly didn’t have a bad debut campaign after moving to London in 2017, yet has only ever been on the fringes for Les Bleus.

6. Nelson Semedo (Portugal)

International Caps: 8

Debut: 2015

Being deemed good enough to play club football for Barcelona hasn’t helped Nelson Semedo to establish himself as Portugal’s premier right-back.

In fact, since joining Barça in a €30.5m deal from Benfica last summer, Semedo has only played in two of Portugal’s 13 games. He was actually much more regularly involved prior to making the switch to Camp Nou, which is the opposite of what would be expected.

5. Cesar Azpilicueta (Spain)

International Caps: 23

Debut: 2013

Given his age (29) and the fact that he has been such an important player for an elite club like Chelsea for a number of years, it comes as a shock that Cesar Azpilicueta should have so relatively few internationals caps to his name.

The defender has been included in Spain’s last four tournament squads, although he has rarely made it off the bench. Only eight of his 23 caps have been in competitive games.

4. Wissam Ben Yedder (France)

International Caps: 1

Debut: 2018

Wissam Ben Yedder could have been a seasoned international by now had he accepted one of the many calls from Tunisia, the country of his parents. Instead he held out for a call from France that finally came earlier this year at the age of 27.

Four years of consistent goalscoring for Toulouse in Ligue 1 hadn’t been enough to get a look in, while even a high profile move to Sevilla in 2016 didn’t immediately get him in either.

3. Alex Sandro (Brazil)

International Caps: 11

Debut: 2011

Juventus defender Alex Sandro is considered one of the best left-backs in the world and has been talked about as a €60m target for Chelsea and Manchester United over the last 12 months. That makes it bizarre to think he has only played 11 times for Brazil since 2011.

A major reason for that is the enduring presence of first choice Selecao left-back Marcelo for much of that time, while the likes of Filipe Luis and Maxwell have also kept Sandro out.

2. Marco Reus (Germany)

International Caps: 36

Debut: 2011

Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus is one of the most highly rated players in Europe but unfortunately has injury to thank for his stop/start international career with Germany.

Reus made his debut in 2011 during his time with Borussia Monchengladbach and was soon included in Die Mannschaft’s Euro 2012 squad. However, he had to wait until this summer for his next major tournament after missing both the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016.

1. Mauro Icardi (Argentina)

International Caps: 5

Debut: 2013

The regular omission of Inter forward Mauro Icardi from the Argentina national team over the last few years has been a point of much debate, mainly because the striker has scored over 100 goals at club level since August 2014.

The 25-year-old was overlooked for World Cup selection in the summer and Argentina struggled. He’s in the current squad, though, and will be looking for his first international goal.

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Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey Set to Spark Auction for His Services as Europe’s Elite Start to Circle

?Aaron Ramsey has found himself in the centre of a transfer tussle amongst Europe’s elite after conceding his time at Arsenal will come to a close next summer. 

Ramsey, 27, has been forced to consider his future options after the Gunners retracted their contract offer to ensure his exit at the Emirates will be formalised over the course of the next eight months.

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The Wales international recently ?revealed his intentions to honour the last year of his current deal before deciding his future in the summer – but, he will not be short of suitors when time comes to assess his options. 

According to ?CalcioMercato?Ramsey has attracted interest from the likes of ?Barcelona, Manchester United and Liverpool, while the Italian trio of Juventus, Inter and Milan are also firmly in the hunt for the midfielder’s signature. 

Each club is aware of his availability on a free transfer next summer and are aware the difference in securing a deal may now come down to the commission fees required to acquire a free agent. 

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The report claims the midfielder is set to demand a salary of no less than €8m-per-year and now an auction awaits to see which club will come out on top in luring Ramsey in their direction. 

?Liverpool have emerged as the most interested party of those in the Premier League as they look to lure another of Arsenal’s players their way, having clinched Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s signature last season, to further bolster Jurgen Klopp’s squad. 

Meanwhile, those in Italy do not fear being overlooked as Juventus have proven their ability to clinch a match the demands of a free agent having secured Emre Can over the summer. 

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Inter, meanwhile, are ready to bolster their team on top of the acquisitions of Stefan de Vrij and Kwadwo Asamoah with the dynamism and attacking potency that Ramsey has to offer.

The level of interest ensures Ramsey will not be without a club for long, ensuring the bargaining power is on his side. 

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Inter Captain Mauro Icardi Says He Feels Indebted to I Nerazzurri Amid Exit Rumours

?Inter captain Mauro Icardi has said he feels personally indebted to the club he now captains. 

The talismanic striker spoke fondly of the Italian giants, saying they have “given me so much and let me grow as a person and player.”

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The Argentine, who as been at the ?Italian club for a half a decade now, spoke of his affection on Inter TV (via ?Football Italia). 

He reiterated his love for I Nerazzurri, praising both the stadium and fans: “San Siro in a word…spectacular.

“I like it when the fans sing [Pazza Inter] Amala. All my children sing it and have it on their iPods, plus Francesca and Isabella have learned it through the phone.

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“Playing there is always beautiful and even more so with all our fans. Inter have given me so much, they’ve let me grow as a person and player.”

“I arrived when I was 20 years old and can only thank Milan and Inter for the life I have.”

However, ?Icardi did confess that his club’s city was missing one key feature: “If Milan had the sea… that’s what it lacks.” 

For this reason, the Argentine cited Barcelona as his favourite city and when asked where he’d like to visit he replied: “Tokyo is very beautiful, [Yuto] Nagatomo told me about it.”

The prolific goal scorer was named captain of Inter back at the start of the 2015/16 season. 

After five years playing in the capital, Icardi has managed an incredible 103 goals in only 165 Serie A appearances. 

With those strikes, he sits seventh in the club’s historical list of league top scorers – tied with Christian Vieri who also reached 103 in the famous black and blue stripes.

Next up in the league for Inter is the Milan Derby; perhaps the most well known Serie A fixture of all. Mauro Icardi will be hoping to move past Vieri on the goal charts and lead the team he loves to victory over their biggest rivals. 

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Luka Modric to Inter Links Resurface After Report Claims He Is ‘Sad’ at Real Madrid

Luka Modric’s Inter transfer saga looked as if it died with the closure of the European transfer window, ?but recent reports in Italy have resurrected the rumours – with some claiming that the player is ‘sad’ at Real Madrid and wants a move to Milan.

According to the print edition of Gazzetta Dello Sport (via ?Football Italia) the UEFA Player of the Year isn’t happy at the club, especially after Julen Lopetegui’s poor start as manager, and the idea of leaving is ‘still in his thoughts’ after summer speculation surrounding his departure.

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Summer reports of his seemingly imminent move went into overdrive, with some claiming that ?Real reported Inter to FIFA for alleged tapping up, before it was revealed that ?Modric himself had initiated the contact in an attempt to kick-start the move.

The Croatian, who helped his country to the World Cup final before losing out to France, was a crucial part of Real’s famous three successive Champions League trophies, but saw manager Zinedine Zidane and talisman ?Cristiano Ronaldo leave in the following months.

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Reports then surfaced that he wanted to leave for ?Inter in the summer when the club were still on top – but the move didn’t materialise, and Real have since gone on to struggle in both La LIga and the Champions League, losing to CSKA Moscow in the group stages.

However, it appears as if he may get the move after all, with multiple newspaper reports claiming it may be back on.

Another Gazzetta Dello Sport report (this time via ?Calcio Mercato) states that Modric remains firmly in Inter’s thoughts despite Real’s reluctance to sell.

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It also states that there have been no talks between Modric and the club despite president Florentino Perez’ best efforts to open negotiations, adding fuel to the fire of the rumours.

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