|REAL MADRID FAVOURITES TO LAND WANT-AWAY TOTTENHAM STAR
Ladbrokes: 4 July 2012
Reproduced with permission from Ladbrokes.com
After two summers of continued speculation, intertwined with numerous transfer requests from the player himself, Luka Modric finally looks set to leave Tottenham, with Real Madrid 1/2 to snap up the midfielder.
The Spanish champions have emerged as favourites to land the playmaker, amidst Manchester United's unwillingness to part with the £40m Spurs reportedly want for the Croatian.
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That considered, the odds on the 26-year-old making the move to Old Trafford have drifted out to 5/1 from 2/1, despite widespread speculation he would link up with Sir Alex Ferguson as recently as last month.
Jose Mourinho now looks in pole position to land Modric, and add him to a legion of aesthetically pleasing midfield performers, with his Bernabeu ranks already including Mesut Ozil, Kaka and Xabi Alonso to name but a few.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy finally seems ready to admit defeat in his year-long battle to keep Modric at the club, in order to generate significant funds for new boss Andres Villas-Boas to spend.
And the fact that Gylfi Sigurdsson has completed his £6.8m switch from Hoffenheim only enhances the likelihood of Modric being allowed to leave for the right price.
As aforementioned, the Spurs chairman is hopeful of receiving around £40m for the playmaker's services, though he may accept a slightly lower fee with future add-ons attached.
Only Real, Premier League champions Manchester City, and Chelsea would likely be able to afford such funds, and the hefty wages Modric would command too.
City are 6/1 to add the Croatia star to their revolution, whilst Chelsea, strongly linked with the player last summer, are 10/1 to secure his services this time round.
However, with the player now thought to prefer a move abroad, Los Blancos appear to be in primed to take him to La Liga, and triple his current £40,000 per week wages.
The possibility of a part-exchange arrangement is existent involving Real too, and a potential deal involving Nuri Sahin moving in the other direction may prove an appealing prospect for Spurs.
Either way, 1/2 odds are appealing about Modric plying his trade for the Spanish champions next term.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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