Sky Sports News reported this past Wednesday that Modric was set to leave White Hart Lane for Real Madrid, and that the transfer fee would be a total of £27.5m. While the immediate reaction many Spurs fans had to this news was that the price was far too low for such a talented play-maker, the idea was that manager Andre Villas-Boas and team chairman Daniel Levy simply wanted to end the matter before the August 31 deadline day. Things got a bit confusing on Thursday, however, when the Daily Mail reported that Real Madrid would actually be spending £34m for the Croatian midfielder. Modric will not be with Spurs when they open the 2012-13 Premier League season at Newcastle United on Saturday.
According to a story posted on the official website for Croatian newspaper Vecernji list on Friday night local time, however, the deal could be delayed. A very loose translation of that story suggests that a Real Madrid source told the paper that Levy again raised the asking price for Modric, who currently has a contract with Spurs until 2016. The story suggests that Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has withdrawn from the negotiating table, and that Modric will remain in London this weekend.
Index.hr, another website based out of Croatia, posted a similar story on Friday night. That story does, according to a translation, claim that negotiations have not been halted, however, and it also cites Spanish sources AS and MARCA in saying that Modric should be in Madrid on Monday, likely for a medical. Spurs offered no Modric update via the team's official website on Friday.
I contacted one "in the know" overseas individual I trust regarding this story. While he said that he had heard nothing about this new twist in the Modric story, he did say that there were some in the football world who found it "odd" that the transfer hadn't yet been officially completed. The overwhelming opinion on the matter is still, however, that Modric will be a Real Madrid player sooner rather than later.
There are always multiple things to consider whenever such transfer rumors arise. The reliability of the source (or sources) must always be questioned, and you must also ask yourself one important thing: "Is the information I'm reading remotely believable?" Levy stalling even a day or two in order to get the best possible deal for Modric, a player that he kept last summer despite receiving an offer of £40m from Chelsea, wouldn't shock me in the slightest. It's also possible that, as some analysts have suggested, Levy is making 100 percent sure that he has a deal with a Modric replacement in place before letting the wantaway midfielder complete his transfer to Real Madrid.
Only during the "silly season" will you find football fans such as myself searching through Croatian, Russian and other websites in order to find the most recent updates. In the end, I do believe Modric will leave White Hart Lane for good, probably before next weekend. Both AVB and Levy have stated this summer that they would like to complete business before August 31, and Spurs still need to acquire a play-making midfielder and a striker, and preferably do so early next week. That can't happen, however, until Modric can finally call Real Madrid home.
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