Spurs plot to replace Modric with Croatia teammate - reports

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Tottenham are reportedly chasing Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Milan Badelj as a potential replacement for Manchester United target Luka Modric.

The 22-year-old Croatian - an international teammate of Modric - is valued at around £8.5 million and, according to the Daily Mail, is being lined up as a successor to his compatriot.

Badelj has already filled the boots of the Spurs playmaker at the Stadion Maksimir, after Modric left Zagreb for White Hart Lane in 2008.

Speculation is rife that the 25-year-old will be a transfer window target for Sir Alex Ferguson as he looks to overhaul his squad during the summer.

A move by United could be tempered by the retirement of Paul Scholes, who today called the end to an illustrious career at Old Trafford.


Spurs, however, are intent that they will not sell their prized assets - with Gareth Bale also a target for a number of clubs - and will seemingly rebuff any attempts by United to snare Modric.

“We have spent years and hundreds of millions of pounds investing in our first-team squad and in creating a settled team," said Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy in an end of season letter to Spurs fans.

“Having quality players means they automatically attract attention from other clubs. I can assure you that we have no reason to sell, and every intention of retaining, our key players. We shall simply not entertain any approaches for these players.”

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