Tottenham Hotspur looked to be getting the band back together less than a month ago, though Daniel Levy ought to reconsider after this weekend.
Having sensationally brought Gareth Bale back to the club on loan in the summer, the north Londoners were linked with a swoop for fellow Real Madrid star Luka Modric, who also swapped N17 for the Spanish capital several years ago.
He cost Los Galacticos in the region of £30m in 2012, as per the BBC.
And according to journalist Eduardo Inda on El Chiringuito TV three weeks ago, Jose Mourinho had called the Croatian midfielder in a bid to bring him to Spurs as he enters the final six months of his current contract.
Well, after Madrid’s no-show against Osasuna in La Liga on Saturday, they may want to think again.
The 35-year-old displayed signs of his advancing years, lasting only 75 minutes before being hooked by Zinedine Zidane and in reality, it was the correct call as Modric was completely underwhelming.
Per SofaScore, the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner won just one of six duels (16%), lost possession 16 times, and was dribbled past on one occasion. No other Madrid player scored lower than his 6.6 rating either.
Indeed, Modric lost the ball once every five touches, so it’s no wonder that the Spanish giants struggled to find a way to break down a resolute Osasuna side.
That’ll hardly please Mourinho. In fact, he could well be reeling as Levy won’t want to sign him based on that pathetic outing.
Now valued at just £9m by Transfermarkt, the former Spurs sensation will be 36 by the time the 2021/22 Premier League season gets underway, which merely raises question marks over whether or not Mourinho and Levy should continue to pursue this deal.
Former top-flight striker Dean Windass told Football FanCast that it would be “unbelievable” move to make. Still, it seems a complete waste of time if he’s unable to rip apart a team of Los Rojillos’ quality – they are second from bottom, after all.
Zidane has continued to keep the faith in the veteran no.10, but from 17 appearances, he is averaging a little over 75 minutes per match, so clearly, there are doubts over his ability to play the full duration of games.
The Premier League’s intensity is way above that of La Liga, so Levy will need to think twice before bringing him back even if it leaves Mourinho fuming – we’ve also seen that the Bale experiment is yet to hit the ground running either.