Real to seal £35 million Modric deal

Croatia playmaker had made no secret of his desire to leave Spurs

Luka Modric is expected at the Bernabeu on Thursday to complete his £35 million move from Spurs to Real Madrid, according to the Daily Mirror.

If the move goes through it would bring to an end a four-year spell at White Hart Lane for Modric, during which time he has developed into one of the Premier League's most impressive performers.
The Croatia international was linked with a move to Chelsea last summer but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy stood firm to keep him at the club.

Modric was also refused a move to Chelsea last summer.

Levy has played hardball with Modric since the midfielder went AWOL a month ago to try to force his move to the Spanish champions and has been demanding a £40m fee.

New Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas criticised Modric after he did not travel to the United States for their pre-season tour, and the 26-year-old has continued to train apart from the rest of the squad.

But the breakthrough came when Real offered to pay more cash up front in a deal which could reach £35m with add-ons.

Villas-Boas has already strengthened his midfield with the signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson since replacing Harry Redknapp at the Tottenham helm, while Joao Moutinho has been linked with a move to join up with his former Porto manager.

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