Real, however, have indicated that they are willing to restructure the deal to guarantee Tottenham closer to £35 million and Modric is now finally expected in Madrid in the next 48 hours for a medical and to agree personal terms.
The money from the Modric deal will also allow Andre Villas-Boas, the Tottenham manager, to pursue his own midfield transfer targets, notably Porto’s Joao Moutinho but also Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila.
He has also already signed Gylfi Sigurdsson this summer from Hoffenheim. Moutinho was Villas-Boas’ preferred replacement for Modric but, with Porto wanting £24 million, there is a sense that M’Vila, who would cost closer to £15 million, might represent better value.
Modric, who has four years remaining on his contract, has been training with the reserves since refusing to go on Tottenham’s pre-season tour but the club’s handling of the situation was still criticised yesterday by Igor Stimac, the Croatia coach.
“Daniel Levy promised a year ago that if an offer from Madrid arrived he would let him go. And when the offer arrived he changed his opinion,” said Stimac.
“I think that this guy tries to make himself famous in the world of football, but this isn’t the way to do it. When you promise something you always need to fulfil it. It was the same with [Dimitar] Berbatov before he signed for Manchester United. He went there on Aug 31.
“He [Modric] has already made his decision and he’s very clear about what he’s going to do. It’s the only thing he wants, to go to Madrid.
"Luka is a very sincere person, very sensitive, but very tough as well. He is very keen to play at Real Madrid and, as well as that, he has the promise of Levy. I only hope that this promise ends up being fulfilled.”
Stimac is also confident that Modric will thrive under Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid. “His tactics and how he prepares for a game are incredible,” said Stimac. “He lives and sleeps football. ’There is no doubt because he has done it magnificently for the last five or six years.
"In any position which his new coach, Mourinho, chooses, Luka is going to perform perfectly. He has a great first touch. He is very creative, but he has a lot of discipline too. He defends well and does what is asked of him."
Tottenham declined to comment on Stimac’s claims.
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