Wednesday 22 November 2017

Modric holds crunch talks with Real Madrid to seal Spurs move

Jason Burt

LUKA Modric’s advisers will hold a crunch meeting with Real Madrid in Spain today to try put a deal together to finally secure the midfielder’s move away from Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs are insistent their £40 million valuation of the Croatian be met, but Real will not bid that high and although they will raise their original £27 million offer it’s not expected to be a substantial increase. However the Spanish champions are confident Modric will join them this summer.

Paris St-Germain have already indicated they will match the asking price but Modric wants to move to Real. The other potential bidder for the Croatian, Chelsea, have been told Spurs will not sell to them.

Modric has returned to training, having gone AWOL last Friday and then missing the team flight to Los Angeles to kick-off the club’s pre-season tour.

He will continue to train alongside Steven Pienaar, who is also set to leave the club, although his expected move to Everton has stalled, rather than fly out to join up with the rest of the tour.

Sources close to Modric are insistent that he has not, as has been indicated, apologised for his behaviour which has been branded unprofessional by Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas and angered chairman Daniel Levy who have taken a principled stance on the saga.

Instead Modric is himself believed to be angry with Spurs and believes that because of the prospect of his move to Real, he wasn’t expected to go on the tour.

Spurs dispute this and will fine the 26-year-old heavily and are threatening further sanctions.

Spurs have told Modric he can leave but have also reminded him he has four years left on his contract and will only go if the deal is right.

Villas-Boas is understood to be targeting either Shakhtar Donetsk’s Willian or Fulham’s Moussa Dembele as part of his rebuilding plans and is also still keen to sign Joao Moutinho but only if Porto lower their £24m asking price.

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