Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has told clubs chasing Luka Modric that the Croatian midfielder will only be sold if the club's asking price of £35 million is met. (Spurs 7/2in Premier League betting to be top London club).
La Liga champions Real Madrid are thought to be leading the race to sign the 26-year-old, with Manchester United and Paris St Germain also reportedly in the running.
Villas Boas said: "There has been consistent interested from 3 different clubs for Luka Modric, but it is important for Tottenham to stay firm to their rights and this will continue until the right price is met."
Modric joined Tottenham from Dinamo Zagreb in 2008, and first asked to leave White Hart Lane a year ago, but a bid from Chelsea was rejected at the time. (Tottenham 33/1 in Premier League betting to win the league).
Villas-Boas added: "The club respects Luka's decisions and his ambitions to move on, we respect that. He is an important player for any club, and he is crucial for us, ongoing discussions will continue until we can reach an agreement."
New manager Villas-Boas got his Tottenham reign off to a fine start last night with a 2-0 pre-season win over Stevenage, with new signing Gylfi Sigurdsson opening the scoring. Speaking after the victory he said:
"Once the offer for Luka is what the chairman wants there will be no problems. It is a difficult situation for the club, but we have been co-operative and are willing to listen to offers." (Spurs 10/1 in Premier League betting to have top 2 finish).