IT‘S LUK-ING A REAL MESS

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUG 1 - By FRANK MCCAULEY

LUKA MO­DRIC’S hopes of go­ing to Real Madrid from Tot­ten­ham could be over af­ter the Span­ish giants said they would not cough up his £40mil­lion trans­fer fee.

The Croa­t­ian star (left) has openly shown his de­sire to move to Madrid and has said it would be his pre­ferred club.

But now the La Liga cham­pi­ons have cooled their chase, claim­ing they will not of­fer more than £30m for the mid­field play­maker.

Real Madrid chiefs are find­ing it tougher than expected to reach an agree­ment with Tot­ten­ham and the north Lon­don club are dig­ging their heels in over the trans­fer fee.

New Spurs boss An­dre Vil­lasBoas has pre­vi­ously said that Mo­dric will not be al­lol­wed to leave White Hart Lane un­less the club’s £40m fee is matched.

“This can be re­solved in one of two ways,” said Vil­las-Boas.

“One is that the teams pay what Tot­ten­ham is ask­ing and the other is that the player con­tin­ues with us next sea­son.”

Ac­cord­ing to Span­ish sources, Real Madrid are un­will­ing to pay the huge fee set by Spurs, leav­ing Mo­dric in a tricky sit­u­a­tion as he tries to manouevre his way out of Spurs.

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