Croation sources last night denied that Tottenham paid Dinamo Zagreb less than Newcastle offered for Luka Modric.
Luka Modric – thought he was joining Newcastle on Friday night
Spurs paid Dinamo Zagreb 21 million euros (Â£16.6M) for Modric, well below Newcastleâ€™s failed bid of around Â£20M.
There is also news that Modric accepted a wage offer worth less than Â£30,000-a-week â€“ but we find that hard to believe. Sources close to the Dinamo club say that Modric was very keen on a move to Newcastle, and even after learning of Tottenhamâ€™s counter bid late on Friday night, he thought he would be joining Newcastle. 🙁
It was apparently Newcastleâ€™s reluctance to bid a little more than Â£20M for the 22-year-old midfielder which opened the way for Spurs to move in.
A source in Zagreb told the Sunday Sun today.
â€œLuka really wanted to go to Newcastle, but they would not pay moreâ€ â€œDinamo asked for Â£25 million and also Modric wanted a little more money in wages â€“ but not much more.â€
â€œSo it is strange that the transfer with Tottenham would be agreed for much less money.â€
Newcastle had held a second round of talks with Zagreb vice-president â€“ and Modricâ€™s agent â€“ Zdravko Mamic in London on Friday. We reported that meeting on Friday. Although Modric believed he was going to Newcastle as late as Friday night, the Croatian star was never apparently in Newcastle.
Mamic and his brother were in Newcastle for talks on Tuesday, but Modric was not with them.
This news makes it even harder to take as a Newcastle fan, because the reports we were getting from Zagreb on Friday from our readers was that the deal with Newcastle was going through.
Newcastle have screwed this up – although they didn’t want to be held to ransom for another Â£5M – and we can kind of understand that – but how did Spurs get the deal done so quickly?
Having been so close to signing a world class player, who wanted to join Newcastle. and would have lit the city up – is hard to take – and that’s a massive massive understatement.
This is not good. 🙁