Luka Modric may have urged Tottenham Hotspur golden boy Gareth Bale to form an unstoppable partnership with ex-Man United star Cristiano Ronaldo.
But a reported record transfer of £85m still doesn't seem enough to acquire Bale's services.
Real Madrid have been subject to criticism for tapping up the north London club’s players having acquired the services of Croatian international Luka Modric for £33 million in 2011, which followed the club announcing that the two had "formed a partnership."
An answer for what exactly this means is still missing.
It could well be that the departure of the Lilywhites' talisman is very much underway - especially as Tottenham coach Andre Villas-Boas is yet to extend the 23-year-olds contract despite it coming to a close in 2016.
Carlo Ancelotti’s new club have yet to make an official bid for the PFA footballer of the year, which may come as a surprise to most football fans considering the amount of coverage on what is quite possibly the biggest transfer story of the summer so far.
Ancelotti will most certainly look to strengthen his side in order to challenge a stubborn Barcelona side that now have Neymar in addition to Lionel Messi at the forefront of their offensive line.
However, Bale has recently made it clear that he hopes to improve as a player and help his side to better Arsenal next season, having lost out to them in one of the fiercest battles for the top four in years.
To achieve a top-four finish, long-term serving striker Jermain Defoe believes that the club must maintain the services of their star-man.
Players like Bale, Lewis Holtby and Jan Vertonghen are capable of forming the basis of a top four side - but Modric's departure formed a partnership between the two sides.
Therefore the transfer the footballing world anticipates could happen - especially as Spurs' owner Daniel Levy would have a very hard time turning down such a sizeable offer.
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