Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric is reluctant to go on a pre-season tour with Spurs - with Real Madrid waiting in the wings to swoop for the player.
According to Spanish sports newspaper AS, Modric has no desire to leave on the pre-season trip to the USA with the rest of the Spurs squad.
Andre Villas Boas' side depart for America on Saturday, and the Croatian midfielder is believed to want his future sorted out before the weekend.
AS reports that the main stumbling block to his transfer involves the differing valuations of the player by the respective parties. Madrid are thought to be tabling a €30m plus Ricardo Carvalho bid while Tottenham are thought to be holding out for closer to €45m.
Modric does have other suitors, including Chelsea and Manchester United, but AS reports that Spurs have increased his fee for English clubs.
For United and Chelsea, Modric's valuation rises to €55m, and neither Premier League club is believed to be willing to meet the fee, leaving Madrid as his most likely destination.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has already admitted that Modric can leave for the right price, and the Tottenham manager has drafted in Gylfi Sigurdsson as a replacement.
Modric is due back in London for his first pre-season training with Spurs tommorow, along with fellow Euro 2012 participant Rafael van der Vaart.
Spurs have also been linked with Porto star Joao Moutinho and Chelsea transfer target Oscar. Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen has already joined the club and Manchester City striker Emmanual Adebayor is thought to be on the verge of completing his switch.