MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: Luka Modric of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by David Silva of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium on January 22, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Well, this makes those Yann M'Vila rumors make a bit more sense, doesn't it? Not that M'Vila is a like-for-like replacement for Modric, but he's at least a midfielder who can pass that sits deep. Anyway, the Daily Mail published a story today that Tottenham Hotspur have agreed to sell Luka Modric to Real Madrid for £25m, provided they have a replacement lined up before the sale is completed. This would mean Daniel Levy caved big time.
The Mail cites 'reports out of Spain', but a quick search of Google.es finds a whole lot of reports out of Spain that all point back to one original report, the one by very large and popular paper AS. So the Mail jacked a big paper's story, acted like it wasn't really their story and, instead, common knowledge, then called it 'reports out of Spain'. Nice.
Anyway, I don't really believe this and it doesn't add up at all. Even if he's getting M'Vila for a cut price, I don't think Levy would cave so hard on his asking price for Modric. If we sell Modric for £25m and buy M'Vila for £10m, that's not a bad piece of business, but selling Modric for that small of a fee after holding out for so long isn't going to be good for us in future transfer negotiations.
An M'Vila-Sandro-Sigurdsson midfield is top quality, though. I'll live with it if this is true.
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