Lucas Moura’s transfer to PSG yesterday for an astronomical amount won’t really mean much to Tottenham Hotspur but according to AS in Spain it should. They say that the move signals the closing of a door for Daniel Levy who had been using potential PSG interest as a lever to demand more money from Real Madrid than what they wanted to offer.
It’s claimed that a deal between Spurs and Real Madrid was made on July 27th with an amount of €30m plus variables, dependent on appearances and success, being agreed. The transfer was at a very advanced stage but AS say that PSG contacted Levy to tell him they’d pay €45m for the Croatian midfielder.
Luka Modric rejected the idea of joining PSG and playing in Ligue 1 but the interest from the French club made Levy pull out of the near complete transfer and use PSG’s willingness to pay €45m as a reason why he wouldn’t go below that amount.
Now PSG have bought Lucas Moura it’s very unlikely they’ll be sniffing around Luka Modric again and that leaves the Spanish press to assume that the situation will return to what they claim happened on July 27th. Luka Modric is still not integrated back into the Tottenham Hotspur squad and it’s just over a week before the start of the season, if he refuses to play – or claims he is not mentally in the right place to do so – then the situation changes dramatically.
AS are again adamant that Real Madrid won’t go above €30m, about £23.7m, and would rather walk away from the deal than do so.
By sport Witness