Real Madrid are hot favourites to sign Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric after Andre Villas-Boas confirmed that the midfielder, who is also a target for Manchester United and Chelsea, will depart the club this summer.
The Croatian star has been strongly linked with a move away from White Hart Lane all summer and his departure now seems inevitable, with Villas-Boas revealing that he can leave “for the right price”.
Chelsea are long-term admirers of the £30 million-rated playmaker and are priced up at odds of 12/1 to lure him to Stamford Bridge before the end of the transfer window.
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The Blues did have several bids for Modric rejected last summer and will surely be in for him again, although Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is determined not to sell to their London rivals.
It is perhaps for this reason that Real Madrid head the betting market, with Jose Mourinho’s La Liga champions available at 7/20 to snap up the former Dinamo Zagreb man before September 4th, 2012.
United are also likely to be in the mix for Modric as they are desperate to reinforce a midfield which lacked creativity last season, as shown by the decision to call Paul Scholes out of retirement in January.
The Red Devils are priced at 8/1 to secure the services of the 26-year-old, although whether they are able to compete with Real and Chelsea on both transfer fee and wages remains to be seen.
Manchester City, who have developed a habit of using their petro-dollars to weaken their rivals by snaring their best players, could prove a cracking punt at 16/1 if they decide to enter the race.
Another oil-rich club, Paris St Germain, are available at 7/1, while Spurs fans who believe Levy will dig his heels in over a player who is under contract until 2016 can back Modric to remain at the Lane at 19/4.
Modric signed for Spurs in 2008 for a reported £16 million and has since gone on to make 127 league appearances, scoring 13 goals.
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