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Luka Modric Golazo

The Croatian star is finding his groove with Los Blancos. Real Madrid thrashed Mallorca 5-2 at the Bernabeu. Read the rest of this entry »

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After months of careful negotiation, a giant organization with near-infinite resources has come to a financial agreement with a small but plucky institution run by a man named Levy to purchase a prize asset. Moreover, as part of the deal the two groups will form a partnership to share best practices and develop a commercial relationship.

I’m speaking of course *ahem* of Real Madrid’s acquisition of Croatian midfield playmaker Luka Modric from North London club Tottenham Hotspur for a humble fee of £33 million, according to the Daily Mail:

Spurs will receive £27m from Real, plus another £6m in various add-ons.
The fee is a blow for Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, who was holding out for a figure in the region of £35m-plus.

The news comes at an interesting moment for both clubs, although the timing can’t have pleased some Spurs fans what with five days left in the summer transfer window for the club to take serious advantage of the giant sack of coin. The Guardian however posits that Tottenham plan to make immediate use of the windfall:

The money raised from the Modric deal will fund Spurs’ pursuit of the Brazilians Willian of Shakhtar Donetsk and Internacional’s Leandro Damião.

For Real Madrid supporters, the news will help allay fears that the clubs are on a downward spiral with a 3-2 Copa del Rey loss to Barcelona and a potentially disastrous La Liga debut: a 1-1 draw to Valencia and a 2-1 defeat to Getafe (La Liga is perhaps the only league in Europe where a loss and a draw by either of the top two clubs, even in August, can wreck an eight month title race).

The concern however will be whether Modric will enjoy an Eden Hazard-like on-the-job learning curve in Spain, and indeed if there is any room for improvement on Modric’s stellar rise in the 2011-12 Premier League season.

Time will tell, but one suspects Spurs fans will look to September to see what Andre Villas-Boas can do with a fresh squad of young players eager to move on from the past and finally, truly, punch above their weight.

But it would be remiss not to mention the real victory in all this: no more Marca Modric headlines.
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After increasing their offer to £30m, Real Madrid is close to finalizing their transfer for Spurs midfielder Luka Modric. The always excellent Ben Smith:

The 26-year-old is expected to hold talks with Real officials in the coming days after the La Liga side revived a deal that had previously stalled. Modric is expected to undergo a medical and agree terms in the next 48 hours. Spurs are lining up replacements with Porto’s Joao Moutinho but also Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila on the radar. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas hopes to conclude the deal for Modric swiftly. “I think we will have a conclusion in the next couple of weeks,” he said.

The fee for Modric looks to be £25m, with a further £5m to come in bonuses. Smith reports AVB is also looking to complete a deal to bring Man City striker Emmanuel Adebayor back into the fold.

This summer has been filled with so called ‘done’ deals that never came to fruition. While I don’t recommend holding your breath, the fact that Villas-Boas has publicly stated the deal will be completed in a couple weeks is a very good sign.

Though Moutinho’s excellent performance at Euro 2012 was slightly tarnished by the midfielder’s penalty miss versus Spain, the Porto man would be an superb replacement for Modric. Cost may be an issue with Porto looking for £23.5m for Moutinho. Yann M’Vila has been linked to both Arsenal and Spurs for what feels like eons. Personality issues may have killed a move to Emirates, but at this point either club would do well to acquire him.

When it involves Luka Modric, and when it’s reported by the Daily Mail. Does this make any sense to you whatsoever?

So to get Luka Modric, Real Madrid must pay Tottenham £35 million, except Real is only going to pay £25 million, but the deal is “done” with Spurs getting less than what they wanted (headline maybe not up-to-date?), except Modric won’t go anywhere until Tottenham buy a similar player, which means, presumably, if they don’t get one in time for the August 31st transfer window, the deal won’t be ‘done’ after all.

IS THIS THE KIND OF THING YOU REALLY WANT ME TO BE REPORTING ON?