Paris Saint-Germain have disrupted Luka Modric’s plans to join Real Madrid by re-entering the race to sign the Croatian, and are willing to meet Tottenham’s full valuation of the player, said to be £40 million.
While Modric is likely to remain firmly fixated on a move to Madrid, big-spending PSG’s willingness to meet Spurs’ demands is likely to reinforce the north London club’s position in the standoff with the La Liga champions. With PSG’s considerably more attractive offer now on the table, Spurs are now in a better position to hold out for the full amount for the wantaway Croatian, The Guardian reports.
Luka Modric’s behaviour this past week has exasperated manager Andre Villas-Boas and chairman Daniel Levy. Modric failed to appear at training last Friday and then proceeded to fail to show as Tottenham departed for Los Angeles as the club set off for their pre-season tour.
Real Madrid are likely to feel that Modric’s defiant antics have pushed him further away from White Hart Lane, a beneficial predicament for the La Liga champions, who are very reluctant to increase their offer of £31 million for the midfielder.
The Spanish club are of the belief that if they are the only club the player wants to join, and if the player has made his intentions to no longer represent Tottenham clear, then they are capable of negotiating a lower fee.
Chairman Daniel Levy’s notoriously hard-line approach to incoming transfer offers for Tottenham’s most sought-after talents has ensured that the club are still in a position to claim their full valuation for the player. But Paris Saint-Germain’s regenerated interest in the player has strengthened then north Londoners position once again.
Real Madrid’s assistant coach Aitor Karanka was vocal in the club’s admiration of the 26-year-old midfielder mid-week, following Madrid’s opening pre-season victory over Real Oviedo. "Which club would not want to have a player like him?” Karanka said.
“He is a player that stood out in the Euros," the assistant coach enthused. "It is clear that he would fit in at Real Madrid."
Paris Saint-Germain’s huge bid for Modric, despite the player having little desire to move to Parc des Princes, is yet another statement of intent from the club who seek to build a team capable of dominating the Champions League. The club has already spent approximately £90 million on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Thiago Silva and Marco Verratti.