Only a day after Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas announced that Luka Modric would not leave the club for a penny less than £35 million, the Croatian’s suitors Real Madrid have retaliated with with a statement indicating that the La Liga side will not pay more than £27.3 million for the 26-year old.
Modric has been entangled in another frustrating transfer saga this summer, with Real Madrid and Tottenham haggling over the dynamic midfielder’s valuation after the player declared his interest in leaving the North London club.
Los Blancos manager Jose Mourinho, who is a huge admirer of Modric, has made the Croatian a top priority buy this off-season, but his opposite number, Villas-Boas, suggested yesterday that a suitable offer still hadn’t been received by the Spurs.
“Luka is an intelligent person and understands the club has to defend his value their values, rights and interests,” Villlas-Boas said. “But the offer [£35 million] has not been met to what the chairman wants. If that is met there won’t be any problems.
“His situation will continue as it is until the price is right.”
However, Real supremo Florentino Perez has declared that the Spanish outfit will not heed to the demands of Tottenham, and has announced the club’s final price for Modric.
Perez said: “The limit for the Modric deal is 35 million euros [£27.3 million]. We will not pay any more than that for him.”
With neither club ready to budge from their stances, it might take a while before any solution is resolved between the parties involved.