We broke the news yesterday that Newcastle United had invited Dinamo Zagreb officials to Newcastle earlier in the week to discuss the transfer of their 22 year-old midfield star Luka Modric.
Luka Modric – deal already done and dusted?
This morning the Daily Telegraph is reporting the story, and says Newcastle are close to buying the highly-rated Croatian midfielder in a Â£12M deal, already agreed with Modric’s Dinamo Zagreb club.
Dinamo vice-president Zdravko Mamic met Newcastle representatives at Newcastle’s Malmaison hotel earlier this week for low-level talks, and we believe the deal could well be done and dusted.
The deal has been led by Newcastle’s new director of football, Dennis Wise, and the capture of Modric would be a huge coup for the Tyneside club and out new Recruitment team, as the player has attracted the attention of other top clubs Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal, as we reported yesterday.
Mamic has even informally confirmed that Modric is near to finalizing the move to Newcastle, where manager Kevin Keegan is looking for extra top-class midfield talent. The Telegraph is even reporting that Modric may already be celebrating his huge move on a personal basis.
Modric had also been linked with Barcelona, but wanted to move to the Premier League.
It’s not clear if Modric arrives, what would happen to Emre, although Keegan may want to keep the Turkish midfield star. We need all the midfield talent we can get to fire the engine room of Kevin’s new team, currently under construction on Tyneside.
If the transfer does go through we believe it would be welcomed by the Newcastle faithful.