AC Milan have reportedly submitted an enquiry to Real Madrid for Luka Modric, although Los Blancos do not want to sell the Croatian midfielder.
According to a report by Spanish publication MARCA, Luka Modric is the subject of interest from AC Milan over a move in this summer’s transfer window. The Rossoneri have enquired about the Croatian midfielder, although Real Madrid are unwilling to part ways with the Ballon d’Or holder.
Luka Modric has enjoyed a sensational career, particularly in the last seven years with Real Madrid, which have seen him rack up trophies while being a pivotal contributor to their success. With 14 major honours under his belt as a Real Madrid player, sky has been the limit for him.
Last year turned out to be the pinnacle of his career as after winning his fourth Champions League title with Los Blancos, Modric reached the FIFA World Cup final with Croatia before winning the coveted Ballon d’Or. But, a sub-par 2018-19 campaign with Real Madrid has paved way for some uncertainty surrounding his future at the club.
The La Liga heavyweights have been linked with a number of midfielders this summer, which has only added to the uncertainty surrounding the Croatian midfielder’s position. Certain reports had even suggested that Zinedine Zidane was prepared to let Modric leave Real Madrid, which has piqued the interest of a few clubs, the latest being AC Milan.
The Rossoneri are set for a fresh start under Marco Giampaolo following the departure of Gennaro Gattuso. And, with the new AC Milan boss favouring the 4-3-1-2 formation in much of the success that he has enjoyed, it is clear that midfield has to be a priority for the Serie A giants this summer.
In particular, AC Milan lack a player who can provide the creative impetus, which explains the interest in Modric, who could have an ideal complement in Lucas Paqueta playing behind him as part of the midfield trident. But, while Milan have submitted an enquiry for him, the Real Madrid midfielder is unlikely to make his way to San Siro.
The report suggests that Modric is not considering a departure from the Bernabeu and is instead focused on returning to his best after an underwhelming campaign last time out. Real Madrid, too, are not prepared to sell the 33-year-old just yet, contrary to the aforementioned claims on Zidane’s stance.
Instead, with Dani Ceballos heavily linked with a move away from the Spanish capital, Zidane will need Modric in his squad, lest he risks falling short on numbers. Los Blancos will listen to offers for other players.
But, the veteran midfielder is not going to be one of them. And so, AC Milan must turn their attention elsewhere in search of a creative midfielder, with Modric likely to stay put at Real Madrid beyond the summer transfer window.