Friday, 13th July, 2012
Real Madrid are sticking to their offer of €35M for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric and are in no rush to increase it, according to Spanish daily Marca.
Modric has indicated his preference for a switch to the Bernabeu and the Croatian international is already thought to have agreed what the shape of his contract would look like in Spain.
But the work of thrashing out a deal with Tottenham for the 26-year-old has not yet been done, despite Spurs’ new manager Andre Villas-Boas confirming that talks with interested parties are ongoing.
It is believed Jose Mourinho’s side hope that Modric’s clear desire to join the Spanish champions will see Spurs eventually relent and accept the €35M already on the table.
Sources in Spain had also floated the possibility that Los Blancos would allow veteran Portuguese defender Ricardo Carvalho to head to White Hart Lane as part of the deal, with Villas-Boas considering appointing the former Chelsea defender to his coaching staff.
But the post of Villas-Boas’ assistant has been filled, with ex-Tottenham midfielder Steffen Freund getting the job.
Real Madrid will now bide their time over Modric’s transfer, with Mourinho’s men confident Spurs will want to resolve the playmaker’s future quickly.
Paris Saint-Germain are also known to be tracking the Croatian and have been mooted as preparing an offer worth €500,000 per month in wages for the player.
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