Chelsea close to loan deal for Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic

Chelsea close to loan deal for Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic

Chelsea close to loan deal for Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic

After a dream tournament, it was expected that the former Tottenham player would return to Real Madrid's midfield.

Although they would succumb 4-2 in the final to France, Modric was recognised for his performances by winning the Golden Ball.

Madrid are keen to sign the Belgium worldwide, who has failed to return for pre-season training at Chelsea amid the speculation surrounding his future.

Real have already lost one key player to an Italian heavyweight - Cristiano Ronaldo going to Juventus for £88.8million last month - and don't want to lose another.

"That's how I feel but I'm not inside his head". It's there he will have a meeting with Florentino Perez to discuss his future, although the president won't sell for less than the €750m stated in his buyout clause.

All they have to do is give Modric a significant pay-rise and ensure he stays at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

However, Corriere dello Sport claims that Suning has offered to sponsor the deal by paying a percentage of Modric's wages which would allow Inter to complete the move without breaking any rules.

"I think the president said it, I don't think there's much more to add", Lopetegui said.

"I told him he was a player I'm passionate about, I love him and he knows it".

Real Madrid close out their ICC campaign against Roma on Tuesday before facing local rivals Atletico in the UEFA Super Cup on August 15. "We've enjoyed having him and we'll continue to do so".

Chelsea have agreed an initial loan deal to sign Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic with the option to make the transfer permanent for £53.5m next summer, according to Marca via TeamTalk.

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