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With Tottenham Hotspur not budging from their Â£40 million valuation for Luka Modric, Real Madrid have threatened to pull the plug on the prospective deal and turn to ex-Madridista Wesley Sneijder.
The La Liga giants have been haggling with the Spurs over an agreeable price for the Croatian midfielder all summer, which is set to endanger the 26-year old's move for a second straight summer.
Chelsea similarly failed in a bid to sign Modric last season, when Spurs' chairman played hardball over the player's price and refused to lower the playmaker's valuation.
It has been Real's turn this time around, as president Florentino Perez, while initially sounding confident of the club's chances of signing the Croatian, has slowly grown frustrated by Tottenham's unwillingness to reach a value they would be ready to pay, even after Modric made clear his intentions to leave the North London side by missing a number of traning sessions during pre-season.
Instead according to reports in the Daily Mirror, Los Blancos could turn to Dutch ace Wesley Sneijder, who spent two years at the Bernabeu before leaving for Inter Milan in 2009.
The Nerazzurri have in the past suggested that the playmaker would be sold if the club received a good enough bid for the 28-year old, with the player also keen on reuniting with ex-boss Jose Mourinho.
The news is set to leave Modric rather peeved once again, with the player set to endure his second straight season at White Hart Lane despite publicly stating a desperate desire to move to a bigger club.
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