Chelsea and Manchester United have been given another chance to swoop on Tottenham's Croatian playmaker Luka Modric after a deal with Real Madrid stalled over the payment method.
Real are threatening to pull out of a £36 million deal because Spurs want more money up front, according to a report in The Sun.
The Spaniards want to pay £30m initially with the rest over five years.
But Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy insists Madrid must hand over most of the fee in one cash payment — and the remainder in no more than 12 months, it said.
And a White Hart Lane source said: “The chairman is still holding out for £40m, but many think he will accept a little less providing nearly all of the fee is paid up front."
Tottenham are due back home from their US pre-season tour this morning.
The Croatian was hit with an £80,000 ($124,000) fine for refusing to train and missing the club's American tour.
Sir Alex Ferguson has been a long-time admirer of Modric.