Inter Open Talks With Real Madrid Over Former Midfielder Linked With €30m Serie A Return

Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kova?i? is poised to make a €30m return to San Siro this summer, with Internazionale’s hierarchy eager to see the Croatia international return to Milan when the transfer window opens.

Kova?i? left Italy in 2015 after an impressive two-year spell in Serie A. The former Dinamo Zagreb academy star has made over 100 appearances for Real Madrid during that time, but the 23-year-old is often forced to make an impact from the bench.

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Now in search of regular first team football, Kova?i? has been linked with a number of clubs across Europe but Italian outlet Il Corriere dello Sport (via Calciomercato) report that the Austria-born midfielder is already the subject of discussions between Inter and Real Madrid.

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It is claimed that Nerrazzuri director of football Piero Ausilio is determined to bring Kova?i? back to Milan at the end of the season, and he is even prepared to match the €30m that the midfielder was sold for just three years ago.

But Inter will face competition for his signature this summer, with it also reported that Jürgen Klopp is considering bringing Kova?i? to Liverpool.


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Should Inter miss out on resigning their former player, then Ausilio has other targets lined up. One name who was on the Nerrazzuri’s wishlist is  Carvalho, but the Sporting CP midfielder’s buyout clause – believed to be in excess of €40m – has put the Italian giants off making a move.

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Real Madrid Star to Fight for His Place After Bold Report Links Striker With £60m West Ham Move

??Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has rejected an audacious move from ?West Ham United to bring him to the London Stadium, according to reports in Spain.

?Don Balon claim the Hammers offered £60m for the Frenchman, but he has rejected the move as he believes, understandably, that it would be a backwards step in his career.

Benzema has made 27 appearances in ?La Liga this year but scored just five goals. Barring a late goal rush, this will be his first single figure tally since his first season at the Bernabeu back in 2009/10.

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A major squad overhaul is expected at Real Madrid this summer, with Robert Lewandowski and Harry Kane their main targets to fill the centre forward role and take some of the weight off Cristiano Ronaldo’s shoulders.

The signing of either player would probably knock Benzema down the pecking order, but the 30-year-old would rather stay and fight for his place than link up with West Ham. The £60m bid does show that the Hammers are prepared to flex their financial muscle though.

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A move elsewhere may be on the cards. ?Arsenal have long been fans of Benzema, but with Arsene Wenger leaving the club this summer that move now appears uncertain.

Since joining Real from Lyon in 2009, Benzema has made 404 appearances for Los Blancos and scored 189 goals. However, he has never truly been a fans’ favourite, having always played in Ronaldo’s shadow.

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If he leaves the Bernabeu this summer, he will depart as a two-time La Liga champion and a three-time Champions League winner.

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Real Madrid Defender Insists ‘Incredible’ Ronaldo Will Always Find a Way to Silence the Critics

?Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has thrown his support behind his superstar teammate Cristiano Ronaldo by insisting the forward will always find a way to silence his critics – as it is in his nature to do so.

The Portugal international bounced back from a slow start to the season – in comparison to his own high standards – to score a stunning 42 goals in 39 appearances, with a ?breathtaking overhead kick, impeccable backheel and decisive penalty just a pick of the bunch so far this season. 

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Ronaldo continues to defy calls that his career is nearing its end at 33 years old as the ability to make a difference at the drop of the hat is still well and truly part of his repertoire, an ability that Varane is confident will rear its head as Real Madrid look to secure their third successive Champions League crown. 

With the 33-year-old’s doubters continually on his back, Varane believes Ronaldo will find a way to silence them once more during their semi-final clash with Bayern Munich.

“I believe that the other forwards can also contribute important goals, although it is true that Cristiano does incredible things,” Varane told ?AS. 

“Every time we think he’s going to go down a bit, he comes back to pile up a lot of goals. With Cristiano we are used to him surprising us year after year.”

Like Ronaldo, Real Madrid are often subjected to football supporters who want to see the club fail but Varane admits is simply part and parcel of playing for one of the world’s biggest clubs.

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He added: “It is evident that there are many people who dream of seeing us fall. No doubt. However, they are not the majority. We feel the affection of our fans and we know that Madrid is a club adored across the whole world. 

“In recent years we are present in the decisive moments of the Champions League and certain people cannot stand it and want to see us lose.


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“But that’s part of football. I am aware that they are waiting for us against Bayern and that it will be more complicated than last season. But I insist, the critics are not a majority. There are many people who support us.”

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Real Madrid Starlet Reportedly Set for Anfield Switch After Reaching Agreement With Liverpool

?Liverpool have reportedly reached an agreement with Real Madrid central midfielder Dani Ceballos as they look to find a replacement for Emre Can.

According to ?Calciomercato, the 21-year-old, who joined Los Blancos from Real Betis last summer, has been offered a four-year deal to join the Anfield side and has already agreed to move to the Merseyside at the end of the season.

The youngster has endured a difficult season at Madrid and has only started twice in La Liga so far. He wants to play more regularly under Zinedine Zidane but is finding it very hard to establish himself as a starter in the star-studded squad.

Calciomercato claim that the player received a call from Jurgen Klopp, who has since convinced him to join the Reds in the summer. And by their indication, he has given the manager his word.

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With Can likely to depart in the summer, given his contractual situation at the club, Ceballos has been tipped to come in as a replacement for the German, whose deal is set to expire in June.

The Reds are believed to have several players on their radar at the moment. RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner is understood to be a chief target, while Naby Keita is already set to join their ranks next season.


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Klopp’s side can clinch a place in the Premier League’s top four with a win over West Brom on the weekend, but the manager is likely to rest some of his key performers as he looks forward to the Champions League clash with AS Roma in midweek.

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Arsenal Prepared to Offer £35m to Finally Land Long-Term Target Karim Benzema

?As with any transfer period build-up, the customary Karim Benzema to Arsenal rumours have once again began to circulate ahead of this summer’s window.

According to Spanish outlet Diario Gol, a significant dip in form over a the course of a disappointing season could see Real Madrid president Florentino Perez finally cut ties with his long-favoured number nine.

The report suggests that Perez is willing to part with Benzema, but only for an inflated price of £70m, a sum which far exceeds the £35m which Arsenal are reportedly interested in paying to secure the striker’s services.

Since his arrival at Real Madrid in summer 2009, Benzema has been a generally indispensable centre-piece of Los Blancos’ attack, providing a direct goal threat with his trademark cool finishing ability, and a knack of bringing out the best in Cristiano Ronaldo and co around him with excellent linkup play.

This season has seen the Frenchman suffer his least consistent campaign at the Bernabeu to date. Benzema has scored just five goals in 27 La Liga appearances this term, a return which undermines his world-class status. ?His time at Madrid this season has often been difficult, both on and off the pitch.

Benzema has been a long-standing target for Arsene Wenger over numerous years of searching for a proven goal scorer capable of firing his Arsenal side back to the top, having often lacked a centre-forward with true killer instinct since the departure of Robin van Persie to Manchester United in 2013.

Having spent over £100m combined on the transfers of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over the past two transfer windows, it remains to be seen whether the Gunners will move to add yet another top forward to their ranks this summer.

Aubameyang’s stunning start to life at the Emirates and Lacazette’s encouraging goal return since returning from his recent knee injury, in contrast to Benzema having not scored from open play since February, could see Wenger’s cool his interest in the Madrid hitman.

Were Benzema to be made available, however, and should Perez lower his demands for the 30-year-old, the opportunity to finally land a long-coveted player of the striker’s calibre could prove difficult to turn down.


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Benzema would face stiff competition from the likes of Aubameyang and compatriot Lacazette if he were to move to North London. Having fallen largely out of favour under Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu to the likes of Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, this could be a switch which Benzema is finally prepared to make. 

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