Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that he has held talks with Luka Modric about his future and it now seems as though Tottenham will not stand in the way if he wants to leave.
The former Chelsea boss was quick to admit that while they are prepared to sell the midfielder, it will only be if they receive an offer which meets with their demands as he does have a long-term contract with the club.
Last season Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would not allow Modric to leave in order to join Chelsea, but it seems that he will not stand in his way this summer as a number of clubs are linked with the creative midfielder.
"I think Luka is a player of tremendous importance for this football club, and it has been like that since he joined the club," added Villas-Boas.added Villas-Boas. "The interest that we have from various different clubs shows the importance of the player and what he has done for Tottenham.
"I think it is fair to say we respect Luka's ambitions and his willingness to move on, and I think Luka respects as well that he is an important player for the club who can help us move forward."
Quizzed on whether Modric would definitely be sold this summer, Villas Boas added: "I think ongoing discussions with these various clubs will continue until we reach an agreement which is sensible for each party.
"The chairman is a person who respects the values of the football club and only with the right offer will we take that step."
Villas-Boas was also asked whether Joao Moutinho was a potential replacement for Modric and he was quick to praise the player he signed for Porto from Sporting Lisbon.
"He was one of the most important players at Euro 2012, of course. He had a fantastic tournament," added Villas-Boas.
"He is also an important player for Porto and of course counting on players of this dimension will always be interesting for us. It does not mean he is the only target we are looking at, but eventually if something happens he is a player we are looking at with some interest."
Spurs turned down three offers for Modric from Chelsea last summer and it is expected that they would prefer to sell abroad rather than risk strengthening a rival Premier League side.