Madrid president claims Inter wanted Modric “without paying”

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez claims many things and makes many wild claims, but if what he says is true about a transfer story this summer, it’s not a great look for one of the more storied Italian clubs.

Internazionale was heavily linked to Madrid midfielder Luka Modric this summer after the Croatian’s spectacular performance at the World Cup, but according to Perez, their offers to sign him were an insulting lowball.

Perez told Sky Sports Italy that Inter wanted to sign Modric on the cheap. “They tried to sign our number 10 without paying for him,” he said. “It’s the first time something like that has ever happened to me in my life.” He didn’t give any specifics, but the Evening Standard did. According to a report by Evening Standard reporter Ben Hayward, Inter offered to sign Modric on loan for the season and pay a “small” loan fee after the year was complete. It appears their tactic was to tempt Modric with a hefty salary and hope he forced his way out of Madrid, but that did not occur.

“I’m not just happy at Real Madrid, I’m very happy,” Modric said during his UEFA Player of the Year acceptance speech on Thursday. “I’m at the best club in the world – it’s where I want to be.”

According to the report, Madrid followed up Inter’s move by submitting an official complaint to UEFA. There was no word on the outcome of that complaint.

Over the summer, Perez repeatedly said he would not sell Modric unless a club ponied up to match his outrageous $875 million release clause.