Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News: PSG to Enter Race for Luka Modric?
Just in case you hadn't had enough of the Luka Modric transfer saga this summer, another twist looks set to take place with French club Paris St. Germain reportedly set to enter the race for the Croatian midfielder.
And if current reports are to be believed, they could very well end up stealing Modric from Real Madrid, where he is expected to move some time over the transfer window, by offering Tottenham the full amount they want for midfielder.
Real Madrid have stated (via The Daily Mirror) that they will not pay more than £27 million for Modric, but Spurs are standing firm at their original £40 million valuation for the Croatian international. A standoff has ensued between the two parties—as well as Modric himself—as Madrid look to lower the price by pressuring Tottenham into selling him.
However, according to the latest report in The Daily Mirror, Paris St. Germain—the completely cashed-up French club—are set to make further waves in the summer transfer window by offering Tottenham the full £40 million for Modric and surely forcing Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy into selling the 26-year-old.
The news comes as Real Madrid assistant manager confirmed the Spanish giants were impressed by Modric's performances at the European Championships and believe he would be a welcome addition to the La Liga champions this season. Aitor Karanka stated via Goal.comt:
"Which club would not want to have a player like him?
"He is a player that stood out in the Euros—it is clear that he would fit in at Real Madrid..."
PSG's apparent interest in Modric could be rather thought-provoking for both Real Madrid and Tottenham—simply because it might force one of the two clubs to back down on the stalemate that currently exists between the two.
Tottenham are unlikely to move—they hardly care whether he moves to Spain or France, as long as they receive the correct financial compensation for the move—but it might just hurry up Real Madrid's interest.
Madrid most likely felt that a deal with Modric was theirs alone, and that they could slow-walk Tottenham into selling the midfielder to them on their terms, for the price they are willing to pay. Now it seems even the Spanish champions are having to answer to an up-and-coming French club making all the noise in this year's summer transfer window.
I'd still expect Real Madrid to sign the 28-year-old this summer, but expect the transfer fee to be closer to £30 million to £32 million and sooner rather than later. Madrid would have loved to leave their bid until the final days of the transfer window to lower the price on Modric, but they might now have to move sooner than they had expected.
That is, if they still want him this year.
Where will Luka Modric end up this summer?
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