According to the latest speculation, Luka Modric's long-anticipated move to Real Madrid has stalled once again and the La Liga giants have begun looking at other options to strengthen their creative options in midfield.
In perhaps a negotiation tactic to gain leverage in the seemingly never-ending discussions with Tottenham, Real Madrid have reportedly turned their attention to Wesley Sneijder, according to Daily Mirror.
Sneijder is a former Real player and a star for the Netherlands. But, while Modric is often used as a deeper lying midfielder by both Spurs and Croatia, Sneijder enjoys the freedom provided by a role as the No.10.
At 28, Sneijder should be in the prime of his career and has been involved in transfer speculation dating back to last year. With Tottenham stubbornly unwilling to lower the asking price on Modric, Real Madrid might indeed make a strong push for Sneijder.
Another surprising move that Real is reportedly considering is a deal for Liverpool's Daniel Agger. The Daily Mirror claimed that Manchester City's £13 million offer for the Danish centre back was rejected, opening the door for Real and Spanish rivals Barcelona to enter the chase.
Agger is a force at the heart of Liverpool's backline and a dominating defensive presence. According to the report, he has already informed new boss Brendan Rodgers of his intentions to leave Anfield and the Reds appear interested in obliging.
Real are also looking to offload some players before the season begins and Ricardo Cavalho will most likely be the next to leave the club.
Tottenham have been strongly linked to the 34-year-old Portuguese defender, and a Times report claimed that Carvalho will most likely end up at White Hart Lane. Following the retirement of Spurs legend Ledley King, Carvalho might be a welcome presence for new manager Andre Villas-Boas, as he seeks to make a statement in his first season at White Hart Lane.