After Karim Benzema, Luka Modric is the next Real Madrid player facing the possibility of a summer exit.
The veteran midfielder was highly expected to pen a renewal at Santiago Bernabeu earlier in the year. But the renewal has not materialised yet, giving Saudi Arabia the opportunity to try and lure the player to the Middle East.
According to a recent report from COPE, Saudi Arabia have increased their offer for Modric and wants him to join the Saudi 2030 Project, following the footsteps of two of his former Real Madrid teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.
Ronaldo joined Al-Nassr earlier in the year while Benzema recently signed a contract with Al-Ittihad. Now, the Saudi Arabian clubs are ready to make the bet on Modric, as part of their plans to sign all the recent Ballon d’Or winners.
Lionel Messi did reject Al-Hilal in favour of a move to Inter Miami recently, but that will not deter Saudi Arabia from pursuing other targets in Europe, including Modric.
As per the report, the Croatian international will soon make a decision on his future. He will, in fact, decide in the next few days, perhaps after evaluating the option of moving to Saudi Arabia.
Real Madrid’s acquisition of Jude Bellingham may certainly play a role in convincing Modric to move to the Middle East, even though several reports have claimed the Englishman’s arrival won’t impact his role at the club.
As things stand, Modric’s continuity at Real Madrid is uncertain and there is a possibility he could leave the club ahead of the coming summer. The next few days could be critical and tense for all parties involved in this transfer saga.
French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him
Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.
However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.
Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links
Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”
“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.
The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.
Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.
Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid
Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.
Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.
Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.
The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.