Real Madrid could launch a shock move to bring Wesley Sneijder back to the club if they fail to land Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric.
Modric, 26, is tipped to depart White Hart Lane this summer after revealing his desire to leave, but the inability of Tottenham and Real to agree a fee means the Croat could be forced to stay at the club.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is reportedly holding out for £40million, a figure that senior figures at the Spanish club are unwilling to pay.
And Bernabeu boss Jose Mourinho could now turn his attention to Sneijder, who worked with the Portuguese after ending his first spell at Real Madrid and joining Inter in 2009.
Sneijder thrived under the tutelage of the Portuguese boss at Inter, with the Dutchman playing a key role as Mourinho guided Inter to a league, domestic cup and Champions League treble in 2009/10.
And Mourinho is preparing to rekindle that relationship as Real’s move for Modric stalls.
Niko Kranjcar made the headlines this week when he furiously accused Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy of being a liar and criticised clubs who bow his extortionate transfer demands. Levy is well-known in the industry as a tough negotiator and great businessman – the master of blinking last.
But, according to the source, Real Madrid are set to prove Kranjcar wrong and pull out of a deal for his compatriot and former team-mate Luka Modric. Spurs are demanding £40 million for the midfield schemer but it looks unlikely that Real will pay more than £30 million. It seemed a matter of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ the clubs would reach a compromise but Real now appear prepared to pull the plug on a deal altogether.
Where does that leave Spurs and specifically Modric? The 26-year-old has stated that he only wants to join Real Madrid but all the sulking and bullying in the world will not persuade Levy to bulk.
Mega-bucks Ligue 1 outfit PSG could no doubt afford Modric but it’s doubtful if the Croatian would be willing to move to France. Manchester United and Chelsea could yet enter the running but Levy would hate to sell him to clubs he considers rivals and would demand even more from the Premier League giants.
And frankly, it is unlikely that Modric can remain at White Hart Lane and play on as he did after the disappointment of last summer. The former Dynamo Zagreb star seems to have burnt his bridges with Levy… The transfer saga of the summer appears to have a few more twists and turns left yet.
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