Luka Modric will reportedly spark a battle between Manchester United and Real Madrid by submitting a written transfer request in the next week.
Modric, who many expect to join either United or Madrid this summer, has confirmed he wants to play in the Champions League next season.
Although he has not yet asked Tottenham for a move, earlier this week he gave them a clear indication that he does not want to remain at White Hart Lane next season.
"I’m going to play in the Champions League," he said.
"I want to win that competition. I’m not going to be able to achieve my dream here."
And according to The Sun, the 26-year-old will now follow up those comments by submitting a transfer request in the next seven days.
Along with Man Utd and Madrid, Chelsea - who failed with several bids for Modric this time last year, including one worth £40million - are keen, as are Paris Saint-Germain.
Manchester City have also previously shown interest in the midfielder.
Although Modric is believed to be Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson's top summer transfer target, reports in recent days have suggested he is keen on a move to Spain and wants to join Real Madrid.
Tottenham are keen on getting a player in return though, and on Thursday afternoon, although Madrid remained odds-on favourites with bookmakers Sky Bet to be Modric's next club, the prospect of a cash-plus-player deal going through in the near future was hampered by Nuri Sahin.
According to Thursday's report, United are keen on a straight cash deal for Modric, and although Madrid would prefer a part-exchange deal, Sahin - believed to be the player Spurs want as part of a £30million+ deal - insisted he has no plans to leave Madrid this summer.
And that could potentially scupper Jose Mourinho's chances of signing Modric this summer, unless he is prepared to offer another of his players, or stump up more cash.
"I have no intention of changing teams," said Sahin.
"I am at the best club in the world. Playing for Real Madrid is like living a dream."
According to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, Madrid have already "agreed financial terms and length of contract" with Modric.
Modric is aware, however, that joining Mourinho's side may restrict his chances of first-team football next season.
And according to Balague, he has already been assured a regular place in Ferguson's line-up should he move to Old Trafford.
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