Just when he was about to don a brand new kit, Luka Modric is still mired in a seemingly never-ending transfer saga.
According to several reports, Tottenham Spurs' president David Levy asked for an additional £2 million on top of the £30 million Real Madrid had already agreed to fork over. The deal also called for add-ons totaling £8 million.
The newest stipulation drags out an already lengthy transfer process, and incensed Los Blancos manager Jose Mourinho who has now threated to pull out of the deal.
Modric wants to move to Real and no other club, according to several reports. Chelsea expressed their interest once again, but Modric is expected to dispel any other team's offers.
"Luka is shocked by all of this," a source said to The Sun on Sunday. "He is desperate for the move to go through and wants it sorted."
The Croatian midfielder did not play in Tottenham's first Premier League match against Newcastle Saturday because the deal was deemed imminent by both sides.
Mourinho has pursued the creative Croatian midfielder throughout this summer transfer period, but spurned White Hart Lane's initial request of £40 million. Now it seems Tottenham never really budged from their original demands.