Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have already dealt in two players during the summer but their boss seems to be wanting more.
Luka Modric has now been at Real Madrid for eight years and certainly has come a long way since being named the worst signing of 2012 by Marca. The Croatian is now a club legend at the Santiago Bernabeu and also has a Ballon d’Or to his name. Not to mention, even at 35, Modric is on top of his game and still proving to be one of the world’s best midfielders.
However, he is in the final few months of his contract at the club and can start negotiating a potential sign-up with other clubs starting from January 1. While Los Blancos remain keen on holding onto their prized asset, who is also mentoring the young players, there still remains to be a formal agreement that has to be reached soon.
For the time being, Real Madrid are prioritizing on the renewal of Sergio Ramos and all things point towards Modric being next in queue. Jose Mourinho is looking to take advantage of the Ballon d’Or winner’s situation in Spain and has personally contacted Modric whilst asking him to make a blockbuster return to Tottenham Hotspur next year.
Tottenham are looking like serious title contenders under the Portuguese manager and a lot of plaudits do belong to his shrewd transfer business, besides the typical tactics. The likes of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Sergio Reguilon, albeit cheap buys, are proving to be a cohesive source of support to his defensive philosophies which are tested.
Spurs’ only weak-link seems to be the midfield and Harry Kane has had to compensate a slight bit on his goal-scoring by dropping deep to create chances for the wingers. Modric could be the key in solving the puzzle for Mourinho in the event that he returns to north London and another solid signing by him. However, it looks very unlikely to happen.
When Modric left for Real Madrid, he left with a sour taste in his mouth after Daniel Levy proved to be notorious while negotiating. Despite promising a transfer to the Croatian to a bigger club, he shunned multiple attempts from Chelsea and also looked to thwart the 35-year-old’s transfer to La Liga, and Modric has been vocal about it.
In addition to that, Tottenham have one of the youngest squads in the Premier League so it is probably against their principle to invest in an aged player, especially one that’s 35. While Modric is still going strong, uncertainty regarding his time at the top will creep in sooner or later and he will occupy a sizeable wage in London even though he would’ve been for free.
As such, he may end his career at the club which is thought to be the zenith of a player’s career and his solid performances have given Real Madrid enough reasons to sit down to discuss fresh terms in the coming weeks.