Luka Modric’s representatives are set to meet with Real Madrid on Monday, after the player failed to turn up for Tottenham’s tour of the United States, The Telegraph reports.
The diminutive playmaker is eager to leave White Hart Lane after the club failed to qualify for the Champions League for the second season in succession, with the Spanish champions keen to add the midfielder to their ranks.
With the north London club departing England to go on a tour of the United States ahead of the 2012-13 campaign, Modric was nowhere to be seen and it appears that the player has gone AWOL.
Andre Villas-Boas had criticised Modric’s decision, whilst chairman Daniel Levy is thought to be livid at the midfielder’s petulance.
Modric’s agent and advisers will meet with Madrid representatives in Spain on Monday, but Levy is said to be eager to recoup as close to £40 million as possible to allow the star to leave White Hart Lane.
Madrid are said to have offered £27 million plus add-ons for the player, which Tottenham have rejected.
Meanwhile, The Guardian state that Spurs are ready to fine Modric two weeks wages for his absenteeism.
By Gareth McKnight