Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid are not doing too much in the transfer market this summer, but they are focused on two key acquisitions. Luka Modric will complete the formidable line up in midfield, as long as Daniel Levy from Tottenham and Florentino Perez from Madrid can come to an agreement.
Neither man is willing to back down, and Modric has attempted to force Spurs’ hand by refusing to go on the club’s pre-season tour of America. There is a gap of around 10 million euros between what Spurs want and what Madrid want to pay.
Meanwhile, Mourinho has another important position he needs to cover, an attacking right back. Alvaro Arbeloa is currently the first choice right back, but the special one would like a player that offers a bit more going forward. Arbeloa is a fantastic right back but is mainly defensively minded.
Reports were claiming that Inter Milan’s Brazilian right back Maicon was virtually assured of coming to the Bernabeu but , at 31-years old, Mourinho may be looking at a younger option. The 8 million euro price tag may also have discouraged Madrid.
The two players who are thought to be on the mind of Mourinho are both English. 27-year old Glen Johnson of Liverpool has established himself as one of the best attacking right backs in the Premier league and has been given the starting position by current England manager Roy Hodgson.
Many people were surprised that the England manager did not take Manchester City’s 24-year old right back Micah Richards to Euro 2012, and he is the other player that Mourinho has been considering. It would not be easy to persuade either of the English clubs to part with their players, however.