White Hart Lane man on his way to the Bernabeu?
Luka Modric looks set to finally join Real Madrid after the Spanish champions reportedly agreed to pay £25million for the Tottenham playmaker.
The two clubs have been locked in negotiations all summer and Spurs were holding out for £35m but have reluctantly agreed to sell for much less.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
This is a tad surprising. Tottenham had appeared to be holding out for as much as £35m for 26 year old Croatian international Luka Modric, so for the North London side to now accept an offer considerably lower than their previous price-tag, namely £25m, would appear to suggest that White Hart Lane chairman Daniel Levy felt he had no option other than to cash-in on one of the club’s prized assets.
Clearly Levy and boss Andre Villas-Boas would not have wanted to find themselves stuck with an unhappy player come September 1st but given there are still more than two weeks of the transfer window, we could have expected time to continue haggling.
Perhaps with the new season set to start this weekend Villas-Boas wanted this deal done and dusted so that he could avoid the distraction of Modric in training and preparation. The Portuguese boss will also need time to find a replacement so perhaps it is better all round for a deal to be completed as soon as possible.
Villas-Boas has seen Jan Vertonghen and Gylfi Sigurdsson arrive at the club shortly after he was appointed so it’s fair to say that he wasn’t perhaps as ‘hands-on’ as he would’ve liked to have been on those additions but the former Chelsea boss will certainly look to draw up his list of potential replacements for Modric.
The former Dinamo Zagreb man has made 161 appearances for Tottenham since he joined the club in a £16.5m move just over four years ago, netting 17 goals in the process.
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