july 15, 2012 • 11:08 AM

Madrid, Modric just Just €2 million apart

Luka Modric of Croatia gets the better of David Silva of Spain during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland.
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According to Marca, just €2 million stand in the way of Lukas Modric becoming a Real Madrid player. The deal is close to being struck between Real and Tottenham, as the two sides are closer than ever to agreeing to the transfer.

The fee alone will verge on €40 million, with Tottenham giving Real two options to choose from for enlisting Modric's services.

The first involves Real handing over €40 million up front, while the second sees the price jump to €42 million, but only €35 milion due up front.

An extra 7 million would be added on based on a series of incentives, such as how many appearances Modric makes and how many titles he wins for the Whites.

Real has dismissed the first option completely, and while management has no problem with the up-front money in the second deal, it only wants to pay Modric €5 million in incentives.

Real is holding firm to its original asking price of €35 million, and Tottenham has gradually reduced the numbers since its original offer of €50 million after Real made its first inquiry.