Real Madrid close in on Thiago as wantaway Luka Modric stands his ground

David Cooper 10/08/2018
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With Mateo Kovacic having left for Chelsea on a loan deal, and another Croatian in Luka Modric also looking to leave, Real Madrid could well need midfield reinforcements.

Spanish radio station Onda Cero say that Real have singled out Thiago, who is thought to be keen on a move back to Spain after leaving boyhood club Barcelona in 2013.

Thiago, 27, played under Julen Lopetegui for Spain and it is believed he could be prised from Bayern Munich for an offer in the region of €50 million.

New keeper Thibaut Courtois was the only bit of transfer business that Los Blancos intended to do this summer, but Golden Ball winner Modric is still angling for a move to Inter Milan.

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Monaco's Keita Balde moving closer to Italy return with Inter Milan

David Cooper 10/08/2018
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Though Keita Balde was a relative success in his first season at Monaco, it’s looking increasingly likely that he’s not going to stick around in Ligue 1.

Corriere Dello Sport’s latest report only backs up previous claims that Balde will return to the league where he made a name for himself, Serie A, with Inter Milan.

Inter are looking to wrap up a €25 million deal for the former Lazio winger, who scored eight times for Monaco last season after they had shelled out €32m for his services.

Monaco are likely to include a buyback clause for the 23-year-old as well as ask for a loan fee for the first season.

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Roma set to move on from Malcom with purchase of Suso from AC Milan

David Cooper 10/08/2018
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Roma may have been spurned by Malcom in favour of Barcelona but if reports are to be believed, are homing in on another target – AC Milan’s Suso.

Italian sources, including Sky Italia, claim that Suso’s agent met with Roma’s backroom staff at the club’s training ground on Thursday, with a view to a move in the region of €40 million.

However, any move could hinge on making Diego Perotti a makeweight, whose own representative is also thought to have had sit down talks with the Giallorossi.

Perotti was one of Roma’s better players in Serie A last year but in Suso they would be getting a player six years younger – at 24 – and an incredibly versatile option across the front line.

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