Spanish giants Real Madrid are eyeing up Tottenham’s Croatian playmaker Luka Modric but Spurs are demanding Turkish midfielder Nuri Sahin in return.
Madrid based paper Marca are reporting that Madrid are offering in the region of £30m for the midfield magician but reports in England today suggest that managerless Spurs will only accept a deal for wantaway Modric if former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin is sent to White Hart Lane in part exchange.
Jose Mourinho is believed to have wanted Manchester City’s David Silva instead but having realised that the Premier League champions wouldn’t part with their Spanish star, he moved his attentions to Modric who starred for Croatia at Euro 2012. Modric is set for crunch talks over his future with chairman Daniel Levy and with Harry Redknapp leaving, it could be curtains for Modric’s time at Spurs.
But don’t fear – if Madrid accept Tottenham’s terms and include Nuri Sahin in the deal, Spurs will be receiving around £25m and the Turkish international. Sahin made his reputation with reigning Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund after a fantastic 3 year stint at Signal Iduna Park.
36 assists and 17 goals from central midfield gave him his big chance as Madrid came calling, looking for another ball playing midfielder to sit alongside Xabi Alonso and provide an effective link between the defence and attack.
Unfortunately for both Madrid and Sahin, the move hasn’t quite worked out. Injury and fitness problems have prevented Sahin from featuring much at the Santiago Bernabeu as he made just 10 appearances this season. Mourinho has been praising the 23 year old in the media in recent months and 2012 was seen as his breakout year, but he may be moved on shortly.
Whilst Tottenham fans will no doubt be gutted at losing a player of Modric’s quality, being able to have Sahin as his replacement plus £25m to spend on a striker would be fantastic business in my eyes. I’ve seen a fair amount of Sahin and can tell you he’s a superb player and would be a real coup for Spurs – and an asset for whoever the new manager is.
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