Sunday, 15th July, 2012
Tottenham Hotspur have dug their heels in over the proposed sale of Luka Modric to Real Madrid, according to Spanish daily El Mundo Deportivo.
Real Madrid have stuck to their view that Modric should only command €35M in cash, but Los Blancos have been willing to consider throwing in players as part of the transfer.
Jose Mourinho’s men have looked to include Turkey international midfielder Nuri Sahin in the agreement, though the player is not keen to leave the Bernabeu, or veteran Portuguese defender Ricardo Carvalho.
The latter was linked with joining new Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas’ coaching staff, although the former FC Porto boss’ assistant post has already been filled by German Steffen Freund.
Spurs have now insisted on cash only for Modric – and to that end the English giants are demanding a minimum of €45M from Real Madrid.
The Spanish champions must decide how to react, although the feeling in Spain is still that Los Blancos are in a strong position given the playmaker’s desire to land at the Bernabeu this summer.
There is interest in Modric from elsewhere however, with Paris Saint-Germain threatening to put up serious opposition to Real Madrid for the Croatia international.
At present though PSG are preoccupied with signing Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic from AC Milan; the former has now inked a five-year contract at the Parc des Princes.
Real Madrid meanwhile remain confident of ultimately bagging Modric, and the club’s players appear to be operating under the assumption that the midfielder will soon join.
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