TOP STORY: Conte to return for Modric in summer window
Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte will renew his efforts to sign Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric in the summer, when the Croatia international enters the final year of his contract at the Bernabeu, according to reports at Sport.
The World Cup finalist will turn 35 in September, and the emergence of Federico Valverde in the Real midfield means it appears increasingly unlikely that the club will look to further extend the former Spurs man’s stay in Spain.
Those developments have given Inter a refreshed sense of hope that they will finally land the man they have pursued for over a year, and the Nerazzurri are putting terms together ahead of a summer bid.
Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, meanwhile, has identified Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek as Modric’s long-term successor, and will launch a bid for the Dutchman at the end of the season.
Arsenal gunning for Boateng
The 31-year-old has amassed more than 300 appearances for the Bavarian outfit after joining from Manchester City in the summer of 2011, but has found himself in and out of the side this season, with Benjamin Pavard and Niklas Sule currently the preferred central defensive duo.
That leaves the door open for Mikel Arteta’s Gunners, who are desperate for defensive reinforcements after Calum Chambers was ruled out for up to a year with a serious knee injury, while the Arsenal manager remains unconvinced over the likes of David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi.
Milan join race for Olmo
The Spain international has impressed a string of European clubs with his performances in the Champions League, and the Rossoneri are now believed to be preparing a bid. The Italians are hoping their chief football officer, Zvonimir Boban, who played for both Milan and Zagreb, will be able to swing negotiations in their favour.
The Croatian champions are looking for a fee in the region of €25m for the 21-year-old, who made his debut for the Spanish national team in their 7-0 hammering of Malta in November.
La Liga side Atletico Madrid are also believed to be interested in the attacking midfielder, as well as Barcelona, Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.
– Inter Milan are prepared to let midfielder Valentino Lazaro leave the club after a disappointing six months at the San Siro, and reports from Calciomercato claim the Austrian has attracted attention from Newcastle United. The Magpies are believed to be preparing a £20m move, but face competition from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen.
– L’Equipe claims Hertha Berlin are in talks regarding a second bid for Lyon midfielder Lucas Tousart, after seeing an initial offer rejected by the Ligue 1 club. The 22-year-old has struggled for regular starts this season, and is believed to be keen on a move to the German capital.
– Juventus winger Marko Pjaca is being lined up for a loan move to fellow Serie A side Cagliari, Calciomercato reports. The Croatian has already turned down a temporary switch to his homeland with Dinamo Zagreb, as the 24-year-old looks to build up his fitness after returning from injury.