Senin, 27 Agustus 2012

Real Madrid & Tottenham finally agree 33m Modric deal

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By Greg Stobart

Luka Modricis set to undergo a medical withReal Madrid on Monday after the Spanish giants finally agreed a 33 million deal withTottenham over the weekend, can confirm.

After a summer of protracted negotiations, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy lowered his asking price as the two clubs settled on a deal worth 42 million (33.2m) including add-ons for the playmaker.

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas priority will now be to find a direct replacement for Modric, with first choice Joao Moutinho of Porto still deemed too expensive by the London club. A move for Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele is being considered after his man-of-the-match display against Manchester United on Saturday.

Modric, 26, agreed a contract worth 120,000-a-week with Real Madrid before Euro 2012 and the Croat has been training on his own over the summer in preparation for a move to the Bernabeu.

He did not figure in any of Tottenhams pre-season preparations and was not involved in the clubs first two Premier League matches after demanding a transfer to Real earlier in the summer.

He failed to report on time for pre-season training and refused to go on the north Londoners pre-season tour to the United States.

This came 12 months after Modric asked for a move from White Hart Lane to Chelsea, which Levy refused to sanction despite a 40m bid before the end of the August 2011 window.

Modric, who cost Spurs 16.5m when he signed from Dinamo Zagreb in 2008, refused to entertain the prospect of a big-money transfer to any club other than Real Madrid, despite interest from Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

And as the switched neared on Friday, Modric is understood to have said his goodbyes to staff and team-mates at Tottenhams training base in Chigwell.

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