Julen Lopetegui has ended speculation of Luka Modric leaving Real Madrid for Inter Milan.
The Spaniard insists that Los Blancos are waiting for the Croatian captain ‘with open arms’.
Inter manager Luciano Spalletti refuses to give up the dream of signing the 32-year-old, saying: “I will keep on dreaming with the fans.”
However, Madrid president Florentino Perez has already stated that the only way the midfielder would be allowed to leave is if someone met his release clause of €750 million.
“I think the president said it, I don’t think there’s much more to add,” Lopetegui said.
“He’s made it concise and clear. Luka Modric is an extraordinary player and we’re waiting for him with open arms.”
The Wales international has just one year left on his contract and has therefore attracted the attention of several teams.
Chelsea are set to miss out on Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic and are now preparing a £35 million bid for the 27-year-old.
The Blues have also accepted defeat in their attempts to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa with the youngster poised to join Tottenham instead.
With Arsenal still hoping to make transfers of their own before the window slams shut, the sale could help fund other acquisitions.
Tottenham have eased their stance on Toby Alderweireld’s future and are now willing to sell him to Manchester United, the Mirror reports.
Since his return from the summer break, the player has made his intentions to run down his contract known to the club.
In that scenario, he would be able to leave Spurs for just £25 million next summer as per a clause in his contract.
The north London outfit have therefore decided to sell the Belgian centre-back to United in the next couple or days and are expected to reduce their asking price that was initially in the region of £75 million to £60 million.