Zagreb Papers Say Modric Newcastle Deal Still On


We have a new article from Zagreb from one of our readers that details the information today in a Zagreb newspaper.

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Luka Modric – negotiations still ongoing with Newcastle United

The title of the piece in sportske-novosti.hr/nogomet/ is “Dinamo in new round of negotiations with Newcastle” and it looks like Newcastle are still negotiating with Dinamo Zagreb on the price of the player.

Our initial report had said that Newcastle offered £12M but the club seems to want more money and went public unfortunately for the Magpies. That will only alert the other teams interested in the player, which are said to include Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal.

The Mamic brothers were in Newcastle on Tuesday to negotiate with Newcastle, but a final deal was not struck. However, the newspaper suggests that negotiations with Newcastle are still ongoing and those negotiations did not in fact break down last Tuesday.

The deal wasn’t struck, but the negotiations didn’t fail and the paper today says that it was agreed the two parties will be meeting again when they can finalize the transfer and make the deal final.

We have no clue as to when that next meeting will take place – but since we would love the deal to go through, we hope it happens soon, and we only learn about it when Modric is officially announced as a Newcastle United player.

From what we can learn from the Zagreb news media – that is still a good possibility.

Comments welcome.



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127 comments so far

  • masee

    Apr 25, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #1

    good to hear it is still on heard somewhere that we are not offering enough money and the deal was off

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 25, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #2

    i would love it, this would be the best statement oof intent ever

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  • Spyro

    Apr 25, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #3

    i cant believe this story has materialized. i guess you just never know who you can sign. Hopefully it goes through.

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  • Spyro

    Apr 25, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #4

    thanks a lot Ed for finding this

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 25, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #5

    edyou are doing a fantastic job.

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  • Ausgeordie

    Apr 25, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Fingers crossed we get him

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  • tdt

    Apr 25, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #7

    hope its 2day, get him signed up wisey lad!

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 25, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #8

    be nice if they did get the meeting tied up today, i think we will smash the billy mitchells on saturday 3-0 owen2 barton 1

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  • valle

    Apr 25, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Thx to the guys in Croatia who are pulling in allot of work to translate these stories to us

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  • Marguerite

    Apr 25, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Well done Ed for keeping us up to date. What would we do without your blog?

    Well done too for our translators and I trust the news continues to be positive.

    I am hooked on this and so hope we succeed in getting Luca.

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  • Chris

    Apr 25, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #11

    With this now being public knowledge the only chance we’ve got of landing Modric is acting quickly. Once we’ve agreed a price for him, any other club only needs to bid the same amount to have it accepted. Then it’s down to what the player wants.
    We can’t offer him European football, but I’m sure that Keegan can sell him the Dream! He’s a master of that, but it has to be done quickly before his head is turned by the top 4 or Barca and so on.
    It would be an amazing piece of business if they can pull this off and if he did join it would make other transfers on the same level a bit easier, as it shows where we want to be.
    Back in Europe, back in the top 4 and most of all, given our title of “The Entertainers” back!

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 25, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #12

    FOOTBALL TRANSFERSlaven Bilic Backs Modric’s Transfer to NewcastleCroatia’s coach Slaven Bilic thinks Newcastle is a great team with even greater ambitions and sincerely recommended it to Luka Modric.
    Lajla Mlinarić I.Č. Even if there had been doubts in the minds of Newcastle’s leaders regarding acquiring Croatia’s Luka Modric, the doubts were put to rest after a talk with Croatia’s coach Slaven Bilic.

    According to some estimates and demands of Dinamo’s head Zdravko Mamic, the Dinamo captain has a market value of 20 million pounds, which should not pose a problem for a team like Newcastle. But they still wanted to be sure that the money would not be given away in vain, although Luka’s qualities are well known. In order to get reassurance regarding what they would be getting by acquiring Modric, they contacted Croatia’s coach Slaven Bilic who had only good things to say about Modric and so additionally motivated the St. James Park leaders.

    – Newcastle is a great team and as such is an excellent choice for Luka. They are the first next team under the great four, on the level of Tottenham, but are also financially better standing. They are capable of much greater things – Bilic said, putting Newcastle ahead of all other teams interested in Modric.

    The Mamic brothers are ready for the second round of negotiations with the English team and they will soon travel to Newcastle where a final agreement could be reached.

    Some media have reported that Luka Modric’s transfer could cost much more than the 12 million pounds as reported by English media.

    What is certain is that Modric will be playing in England next season. Where exactly is not yet known, but Newcastle is close to signing the contract.

    Published: April 25, 2008 10:44h

    i can see that we contacted slaven to know what exactly we wher getting for our money.

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  • 51times

    Apr 25, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #13

    Haven’t been this excited since we signed Owen…we’re on the march again!

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  • ToonKing

    Apr 25, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #14

    oh god….pls make this happen, i ‘ll give you my dogs left nut for it………..and i love my dog 😀

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 25, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #15

    i will go and stroke roy keanes sexually abused dog if we sign him.

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  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Apr 25, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Toonking- Hahaha funny man lolol

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  • Spyro

    Apr 25, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #17

    wow, it is clear to see this signing will please all fans if it goes through. However, i just want to say that Modric is class, but he is not one of a kind and if we unfortunately fail in our attempt to recruit him then its not the end of the world. It will no doubt be cruel on us though.

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  • drh

    Apr 25, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #18

    great to see newcastle planning effectively, dealing quietly (until others blab about discussions) and targeting players early. I really do think the new structure led by Chris Mort is working effectively, and making the old regime look like what they were, some half arsed blaggers who thought they had the brains and tact to run a football club. Roll on 08/09 season.

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  • Bobby Ollox

    Apr 25, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #19

    I think someone said yesterday that he was the new Peter Beardsley
    If that really is the case we should pull out all the stops – that is the sort of player who will make the difference.

    Excited.

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  • howway geordies

    Apr 25, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #20

    If I had the talent of Luka Modric, I don’t think I would be in a hurry to sign for a club that couldn’t offer me the chance to play at the highest possible level.

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  • faustino

    Apr 25, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Fact is though some players actually prefer playing football than being on the bench; cos that’s where he’d be spending most of his time at any of the Prem clubs in the Champions league.

    He’d get big money with us and prime place in the starting line up in a exciting team in the Premier league. TBH any young midfielder with a brain would salivate at the chance of feeding Owen and Martins.

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  • Matthew Tom

    Apr 25, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #22

    I am refusing to get excited. I still reckon that Barca or Chelsea will eventually tempt him.

    I would love it, LOVE it, if I am wrong.

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  • aaron d

    Apr 25, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #23

    yeah but can offer him a large amount of money and the prospect of playing at the highest level. He could go to Man utd, chelsea etc and play champions league but be a rotated player, or come to Newcastle play in the greatest league in the world and in a great stadium with 52000 fan every other week, and if it doesnt work out he could always requested a transfer in a couple of seasons.

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  • 51times

    Apr 25, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #24

    He plays a bit deeper than Pedro but he has the skill imo.

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  • iain

    Apr 25, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #25

    i would say if bilic is advsing modric to come to us then the only thing that will scupper the move know is our reluctance to pay the asking price or a compromised amount close to dinamos asking price.

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  • tdt

    Apr 25, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #26

    i think u may be right iain

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 25, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #27

    iain as i previously stated that would be the case, modric and eduardo look up to billic alot for what he has done for them.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 25, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #28

    HE WILL NOT GO TO CHELSEA BECAUSE THEY WILL SEND HIM ON LOAN TO PSV, AND HE DOESNT NOT WANT TO DO THAT!

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  • 51times

    Apr 25, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #29

    I was wondering when you’d get here Tom_Toon.

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  • craig chisholm

    Apr 25, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #30

    i still dont think it will happen as every champ league team in europe will now be alerted to his availability. this will be a harder deal than owens was to tie down. i hope i am wrong though.

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  • ToonKing

    Apr 25, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #31

    we must also remember that there are some advantages we have over the other teams, like his relation to Viduka, our good relations with Dinamo and his mentor Bilic advising him to come to us.

    Also if he goes to the big teams he will be just another good player but if he comes to us he’ll have the opportunity to become a hero and a legend.
    tbh i don’t know which option i would choose…………..probably Newcastle 😀

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 25, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #32

    he will come from the approval of billic, i wish people would stop all this negativity, we are in pole position to sign him, he has celebrated his move to newcastle, WHATS THE FECKING PROBLEM?

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 25, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #33

    abit off subject but does anyone know if we are getting a new kit this season?

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  • Eric

    Apr 25, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #34

    Hope the publicity was not just a ruse to alert other clubs to his availability and a scam to raise his price. Pay them the money because he is worth it and NUFC is worth it. I would be “Mortified” if we do not get him. He would be a gem for us. Go on and sign him – these so-called big teams need to change their greedy ways.

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 25, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #35

    king kevs admitted his intrest, thank god, this is wierd as i was playing football manager and i thought to myself ‘HEY, KING KEV IS ON TV DOING HIS PRE-MATCH INTERVIEW’ in a telepathic kind of way. LOW AND BLOODY BEHOLD KING KEV WAS TALKING ABOUT LUKA.

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  • ToonKing

    Apr 25, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #36

    GerodieGerrard7 , as far as i know the current kit is for the 2007-2009 seasons so i guess the answer is no.

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  • ToonKing

    Apr 25, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #37

    what did he say GG7??

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 25, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #38

    about how when he had although been out of the game for 3 years he came in with a list of who he wanted and luka was basically on it, but man u and arseanl and every other team are intrested of bringing in a player of his calibre. i only caught the end minute or so, should be on ssn website soonish. but just as normal, king kev played his cards close to his chest

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 25, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #39

    it must be an oman!

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  • aaron d

    Apr 25, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #40

    well be getting a new away kit like we do every year, and probably a third kit so we can wear it once, but i think we have one more season with our current home shirt

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