Real Madrid are reportedly still interested in beating Chelsea and Manchester United to the signing of Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric.
Modric is believed to be Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson's top summer transfer target, with the Scot this week confirming he is looking to bring in "one or two" more new faces following the recent signing of Shinji Kagawa.
Widespread newspaper reports over the past week have suggested Modric is keen on a move to Spain and wants to join Real Madrid, but the chances of that happening faded when Los Blancos midfielder Nuri Sahin ruled out acting as a makeweight.
Chelsea failed with several bids to sign Modric last summer, with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy insisting the Croatia international was not for sale "at any price" after rejecting a £40million bid from Stamford Bridge.
The Blues are still thought to be keen on signing the 26-year-old, but according to the Daily Express, Real Madrid are now looking at "juggling figures" to beat off the two Premier League giants in the race to sign the midfielder after previously being unwilling to offer more than £20million in addition to Sahin.
It is thought the Spanish giants could look to offload Kaka in a bid to boost their transfer kitty.
Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester City have all been linked with Brazilian playmaker in recent months..
Bookmaker Sky Bet on Wednesday afternoon still made Madrid odds-on favourites to sign Modric this summer, ahead of Chelsea, United, and Barcelona - who are believed to have scouted him during Euro 2012.
Former Madrid midfielder Guti had last week said Modric had not done enough to warrant a place in Jose Mourinho's side next season.
"He [Modric] hasn’t even been the key man for Tottenham, I don’t think he’s done enough to play for Madrid," he told Marca.
"I would go for David Silva in this position. I think he’s the ideal player for Real Madrid.
"He’s young, has bags of talent and potential, and has achieved great things with Manchester City and Spain."