Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News: Luka Modric to Real Madrid All but Complete

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIJuly 17, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 01:  Luka Modric of Spurs takes a shot during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City at White Hart Lane on April 1, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric looks set to move away from White Hart Lane with a move to Spanish champions Real Madrid all but complete, according to recent reports.

The Croatian star impressed throughout the recent English Premier League season and European Championships and indicated he wanted to leave North London over the summer transfer window—with several clubs including Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris St. Germain all interested in a potential move.

However, with Spurs boss Daniel Levy believed to want upwards of £35 million for Modric, some of the interest did wane—leaving Real Madrid as the favorites to land the midfielder, and according to the Guardian, they expect a transfer to be completed in the near future.

Real Madrid believe they are the only club that Luka Modric wants to join this summer, and the president, Florentino Pérez, has told friends he is supremely confident of closing the deal.

Modric, who is determined to leave Tottenham Hotspur, has also attracted the interest of Paris St-Germain, who have made contact with his representatives, as well as Chelsea and Manchester United.

The midfielder failed to force a move to Chelsea last summer, when Daniel Levy rejected a £40m bid, and the Tottenham chairman has resolved not to sell to a Premier League rival.

Real Madrid and Tottenham are rumored to have agreed upon a figure of somewhere between £30 and 35 million for Modric, with only add-ons and contract extras left to negotiate between the two clubs.

New manager Andre Villas-Boas has conceded the star midfielder will be leaving White Hart Lane over the summer and is thought to be trying to sign Joao Moutinho as a replacement once the Modric deal has taken place (via Metro).

Madrid players are expecting the Croatian schemer to join their team over the next week, stating that they are are "glad he is joining Real" for the upcoming season. 

His inclusion in Real Madrid's squad must surely make the Spanish champions favorites to win the domestic league once more and a genuine challenger for the UEFA Champions League.

As for Tottenham, they will most likely use the money gained from a deal with Madrid to spend up and boost their midfield with talent once more—the most likely of which being mentioned before, Joao Mountinho, who is also a transfer target for Manchester United.

But with Villas-Boas desperate to replace Modric at Tottenham, expect him to be willing to offer up a big contract for Moutinho that could out-do their Premier League counterparts.


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