Real Madrid has revived an offer for Tottenham Spurs midfielder Luka Modric that could see him join La Liga in the next few days.
The Croatian is set to take a physical and meet with officials on finals terms in the next 48 hours, according to BBC Sports. Some reports estimate the deal could range from £25 to £35 million, but no official word on the fee has been announced. The Guardian reported Real even offered Turkish midfielder Nuri Sahin, but the Spurs turned it down.
The saga began when Modric declined participation in the Tottenham's U.S. tour, and as a result was sent away by manager Andre Villa-Boas. Since then he has trained away from White Hart Lane over the past few weeks due to frustration over the transfer.
"I think we will have a conclusion in the next couple of weeks," Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas said to BBC Sports. "He is still a Tottenham player but from what the chairman has told me talks are ongoing, they stalled a little bit two weeks ago, but they have picked up recently."
Real won out over several clubs vying for Modric's services, including arch-rival Barcelona.
Tottenham turned down a £40 million offer from Chelsea during the transfer session last season, and thus used it as jumping-off point for any other clubs interested in Modric's services. Los Blancos held their ground and did budge not, saying that the price was just too high.
Croatia national team manager Igor Stamic's commented on Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy's handling of Modric Wednesday, and was very frustrated one of his stars had not played all summer.
"Daniel Levy promised a year ago that, if an offer from Madrid arrived, he would let him go" Stimac said to AS. "And when the offer arrived he changed his opinion.
"I think that this guy tries to make himself famous in the world of football, but this isn't the way to do it. When you promise something you always need to fulfill it. It was the same with Berbatov before he signed for Manchester United."
Los Blancos manager Jose Mourinho has made a splash in the transfer market again, repeating his work from last season when he landed Sahin.
Modric is not known for his scoring or direct assists, having netted only six goals and recording five assists last season. Yet his playmaking abilities will add to an offense already stacked with Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema.