Chelsea in talks to sign Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid

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Spanish publication Marca are reporting that Kovacic has now refused to train with Real until his future is sorted, which is certainly curious timing considering that the English transfer window closes at 5pm this coming Thursday.

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.

Recall that Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, had stated that any club that is interested in buying Modric, must pay his €750million (£670m/$870m) release clause.

But it has been claimed that Modric wants out of the Bernabeu outfit with the terms on offer with Inter dwarfing what he is now paid at Real - AS suggesting he would be paid €3.5m (£3.1m) a year extra.

"I think the president said it, I don't think there's much more to add", the manager told a news conference, according to FourFourTwo. "We've been able to enjoy watching him play and we will continue to enjoy watching him".

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Speaking while on duty with Croatia at the World Cup, Kovacic said he wanted to leave the Spanish capital in search of improved first-team opportunities. He'll be happy with the proposal he receives here.

Reported Tottenham target is desperate to move on from Real Madrid.

"I answered that the other day", Lopetegui told reporters when asked about Modric's future. If I have spoken with Modric, I speak with my players when I decide to, but it's private.

Modric has two years remaining on the contract extension he signed in October 2016.

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