Reports in the UK suggest that Real Madrid could open the door to a deal with Tottenham Hotspur for Gareth Bale – by including Luka Modric in the transfer.
According to The Times, the Premier League club have now requested the Croatia international as part of Bale's sale. Up to now, the stance of Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has been clear: Madrid must pay 120 million euros or 98 million plus Fabio Coentrao.
The inclusion of Modric in the deal is thought to be an express request made by manager André Villas-Boas. The Portuguese coach does not want to face the coming season without replacing his star player - as far as is possible. Villas-Boas wants to strengthen the Tottenham midfield and sees Modric, who is already familiar with the club and the Premier League, as a safe bet.
Modric’s involvement in the Bale deal coincides with the news that the Croat is also an option for Manchester United if the English champions fail in their bid to sign Barcelona’s Cesc Fàbregas.
However, Tottenham hope to beat their domestic rivals to Modric, bringing him back to White Hart Lane just a year after he forced through his departure to Spain for 30 million euros (plus add-ons).