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There could finally be light at the end of the tunnel regarding Luka Modric's prospective move to Real Madrid, with the Croatian expected to fly to the Spanish capital today to complete a transfer to the reigning La Liga champions.
Talks between the two clubs had been ongoing throughout the summer, with Spurs defiant over their Â£40 million price tag for Modric, while Madrid refused to exceed Â£25 million for the 26-year old.
The snag in developments was a worrying sign for Modric as well, whose relationship with new manager Andre Villas-Boas and chairman Daniel Levy soured after the Croatian missed a couple of pre-season training sessions in order to force the move.
However, the two sides seem to have finally agreed on a price for the diminutive midfielder, which is expected to bode well for the Spurs, who were planning on starting their season without Modric anyway. Conflicting reports price the move anywhere between Â£27.5 million to Â£35 million with ESPN believing firmly that it is the former while the Daily Mirror is convinced it is the latter.
Modric is expected to be in Spain on Thursday to finalise personal terms and complete a medical, with the deal expected to be sealed before the Spurs' season opener against Newcastle United on Saturday.
Villas-Boas is expected to quickly jump back in the market to find a replacement for Modric, with Porto man Joao Moutinho and French international Yann M'Vila on his radar.
Spurs are also looking to bolster their strike options, with Jermain Defoe the recognised frontman in their side.
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