By Richard Parks
Tottenham are keen to re-sign Luka Modric this summer six years after he quit for a success-drenched spell at Real Madrid, according to a report.
Spanish outlet Diario Gol claim Spurs want to land the Croatia international, 32, for a second time although they also face competition from Liverpool and Arsenal.
It is said that Modric wants to head back to England and is particularly keen to return to London following his four years at Spurs from 2008 to 2012.
BBC Sport claim Tottenham sold the central midfielder for £30million six years ago after he pushed hard to join Real, where he has been a key member of a side that has won three Champions League titles.
Los Blancos are plotting a mass summer shake-up of their squad in the summer after a poor defence of their La Liga title, although they have secured a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Football Insider verdict:
Arguably the greatest Croatian player ever, Modric has a fond place in the heart of most Spurs supporters for his brilliant spell in which his class shone brightly in Harry Redknapp’s exciting side. He has taken his game to a new level in Spain and hoovered up all the major trophies but the demands of playing for the world’s biggest club for so long are stating to take their toll and Modric is no longer able to play at optimum level twice a week. Spurs don’t want a second-rate Luka, but he is far from a spent force. His experience and knowhow would add something special to a Tottenham side that need a proven winner in their dressing room to help the team take the next step to glory.
In other Tottenham news, Mauricio Pochettino has been at the centre of a huge Spurs dressing room bust-up.