By John Cross
Jose Mourinho has made a personal plea to Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to let Luka Modric join Real Madrid.
The Special One has rung Levy to try and make peace after Spurs got tough with Modric after the Croatian midfielder went AWOL.
Modric has since apologised to Levy and Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas and has also returned to training even though he will not be joining up on the club’s US tour.
But Levy, renowned for being a hard negotiator, has raised the stakes by insisting they will hold out for £40m, will not let Modric go without a fight and has even threatened to hold him to another year.
Modric has told friends that he is angry because Tottenham had promised to let him go this summer after refusing to sell him to Chelsea last year.
Relations in the deal are at breaking point but Mourinho has now tried to take the initiative with Levy as the ex-Chelsea boss wants Modric in place by the time Real Madrid play LA Galaxy in the US next Thursday.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insists the Spanish giants will not pay more than £27m and Paris Saint Germain have complicated matters by coming in with an offer of up to £40m.
Perez also wants to sell Brazilian superstar Kaka to help fund the Modric deal and it has left an uncomfortable stand-off between the clubs.
But Mourinho, who knows Levy personally, hopes his intervention can help charm Spurs into allowing Modric to move to the Bernabeu.
Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris, France’s captain, has texted William Gallas and Younes Kaboul to try and check to see if Spurs are interested in a deal.
Lloris will hold talks with Lyon this weekend to discuss his future with the French club wanting £16m.
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is looking for a new left back as cover for Benoit Assou-Ekotto as he has doubts about his defensive abilities.