GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: Luka Modric of Croatia waves to the fans after the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
Do you guys remember when I made fun of a Metro.co.uk report yesterday because they said that Paris Saint-Germain would 'blow Madrid out of the water' with a £30m bid for Luka Modric? That's because everyone ever knew that Real Madrid were always going to have to pay £30m or more to get Modric. And according to a report at the Telegraph, Los Merengues have upped their bid for Modric to £40m.
I don't want Luka Modric to leave and I'm sure everyone else echos that sentiment, but if a team outside of the Premier League that is significantly bigger than Tottenham Hotspur in every way has bid £40m, I think it's time to let him go. Losing Modric to Chelsea, Manchester United or Manchester City was always going to be a bit hard to stomach for everyone, but as a group I think we can take a sale to Madrid -- especially for ridiculous money -- a little better.
The Telegraph report doesn't say anything about a Nuri Sahin or Fernando Gago swap, which isn't surprising, considering that everyone just assumes Andre Villas-Boas has eyes for Joao Moutinho. The FC Porto midfielder has a €30m release clause in his contract, but because Porto recently brought back Lucho Gonzalez from Marseille, they're almost certainly willing to part with Moutinho for a little less than that.
This is all still just rumor at this point, but I think a lot of us have been resigned to Modric going to Real Madrid since Euro 2012 started, and it's starting to look more and more like the deal is going to be done shortly.