White Hart Lane chairman ready to negotiate a deal to sell want-away midfielder.
Spurs ‘demand Nuri Sahin as part of Luka Modric transfer’
Spurs have told Real Madrid that Nuri Sahin must be part of any deal for Luka Modric, according to a report.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy rejected three bids from Chelsea for the Croatian last summer, but has signalled he is now willing to listen to offers for the midfielder, who wants to leave White Hart Lane.
Spurs have apparently told the Spanish club they will need to pay £25million and part with Sahin if they are serious about signing Modric.
Levy, who is renowned for his ability to negotiate large fees when selling players, knows he can take a tough stance, as Paris Saint-Germain are also lining up a sizeable bid for the Croatian.
Turkey international Sahin only moved to Real Madrid from Borussia Dortmund in an £8million transfer last summer, but he failed to settle and hardly featured in their La Liga title triumph.
Daniel Levy may well have opted to give in to Luka Modric’s demands this summer having successfully kept the Croatian from Chelsea’s clutches last summer. The 26 year old midfielder is said to be high up on Jose Mourinho’s wish-list and Spanish source Marca already stated, perhaps a little too speedily, that a deal had been agreed by the North London club.
Nuri Sahin has failed to make an impact since his move from Borussia Dortmund to the Bernabeu a year ago. The Turkish international has found the going tough among a hugely talented Real Madrid squad and the attacking midfielder may well welcome the chance to revive his career with a move to the Premier League.
Levy seems ready to sell Modric having been given assurances from Gareth Bale that he will not look to leave White Hart Lane this summer, thus giving the Tottenham chairman more scope to consider Real Madrid’s advances knowing that the sale of one top first team performer would probably be accepted by the club’s supporters.
One does wonder just where the Tottenham man will fit into a Mourinho’s midfield plans given the plethora of talent already available to the Portuguese boss. Real Madrid’s central midfield area options already include enforcers Lassana Diarra or Sami Khedira and then the likes of Xabi Alonso, Mesut Ozil, Kaka and Esteban Granero to add the creative push.