Spurs prepare for life after Modric as Real look to swoop
Tottenham Hotspur have made fresh inquiries about signing either Shakhtar Donetsk's Willian or Fulham's Moussa Dembele as the club prepare to sell Luka Modric to Real Madrid.
There are also fears that a deal to secure Emmanuel Adebayor, despite a fee being agreed with Manchester City, is on the verge of collapse because Spurs don't want to pay the £150,000-a-week wages the striker is demanding.
Fulham want £15m for the Belgian international Dembele, who has long been of interest to Spurs and who arrived at Craven Cottage two years ago for just £3.2m, quickly developing into a stylish attacking midfielder. Manchester United have also made inquiries about the 25-year-old.
Shakhtar have set a price of €25m (£19.5m) for Willian although the club claimed they rejected an offer of £25.5m from Chelsea, who were in talks to sign the Brazil international in January.
The deal to sign Adebayor, who was on loan at Spurs last season, has dragged on because he is insisting that he does not take a pay cut from his wages at City.
A fee of more than £5m has already been agreed and Spurs had hoped that City might pass on a portion of that money to Adebayor to get him out of the club.
Neither Dembele nor Willian would be a direct replacement for Modric (26), with Andre Villas-Boas hoping that a deal can be agreed to acquire midfielder Joao Moutinho, although Spurs will not pay the £24m being demanded by Porto.
Modric has returned to training at Spurs, with the club weighing up whether he should fly out to join up with the squad for the remainder of the pre-season in the United States.
That appears unlikely, especially as Real have indicated that they will make an improved offer, a straight cash deal of £28m with no add-ons, although it still falls short of the £40m being demanded by Spurs. (© Daily Telegraph, London)