Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has slammed Inter Milan’s transfer pursuit of midfielder Luka Modric this summer by claiming they tried to sign the Croatian without paying for him.
The 32-year-old just won the Uefa Best Player award at last night’s Champions League draw after a superb first half of 2018 saw him pick up yet another Champions League trophy with Madrid before some dazzling displays at the World Cup helped his national team Croatia reach their first ever final in the competition.
Clearly still at the peak of his powers, it is baffling to think Inter might’ve tried to land such a top player on a free, and that is what Perez appears to have claimed as he admits he was shocked by the Serie A giants’ approach.
The Spaniard was speaking at the Champions League draw in Monaco, and according to the Metro did not sound at all impressed by Inter’s conduct throughout the whole saga.
‘They tried to sign our number 10 without paying for him,’ he said.
‘It’s the first time something like that has ever happened to me in my life.’
Real fans will hope this means Modric is set to stay, with the transfer window for La Liga clubs and other major European leagues closing today, though he certainly isn’t San Siro-bound anyway as the transfer window closed for Italian clubs earlier this month.