According to reports, Real Madrid has highlighted Inter Milan midfielder Niccolo Barella as the perfect long-term replacement for veteran Luka Modric.
The 24-year-old Barrel joined Inter Milan in 2019 after moving 24.93 million pounds from local rival Cagliari.
Since his arrival, the Italian midfielder has continued to play in 84 games and directly contributed to 26 goals in all competitions.
Although the Nerazzurri recently claimed their 19th Serie A title, they, like all clubs, failed to avoid the financial consequences of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
And according to reports, in an attempt to balance their books, the club may seek to unload at least one big name once the summer transfer window opens.
Outlet Diariogol (quoted by Calciomercato) suggests that Spanish giants Real Madrid are among the potential destinations for the Italian midfielder.
Zinedine Zidane’s Los Blancos is rumored to see Barrel as the ideal replacement for veteran playmaker Modric.
Although he was a previous Ballon d’Or winner, Modric is already in his mid-30s and is unlikely to remain at the top of his game for long.