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Real Madrid poised to sign Modric
11:01 AEST Thu Aug 16 2012

Spanish champions Real Madrid are poised to clinch the signing of Croatian midfielder Luka Modric from Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, according to media reports on Wednesday.

According to Marca TV, Tottenham have agreed to accept 30 million euros (37.0 million dollars) for the 26 year-old playmaker, who will fly into Madrid on Thursday for medical checks and to sign a five-year contract with the whites.

The Catalan daily Sport reported that the "deal is close to being finalised," and that Modric will leave for the Spanish capital straight after Wednesday's friendly international on Wednesday between Croatia and Switzerland in Split.

Real coach Jose Mourinho is keen for Modric to arrive in order to raise the quality of his midfield.

Modric will be Real's first - and possibly only - signing of the summer. His arrival will precipitate the departure of Brazilian Kaka, who has been a massive disappointment in Madrid since joining from AC Milan in 2009.

In other English-Spanish transfer movements, Barcelona seem to be closing in on Arsenal's Alexander Song, despite Tuesday's denials from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

According to Sport and Mundo Deportivo on Wednesday, Barca will pay around 15 million euros for the 24 year-old Cameroonian, who is equally at home in central defence or in defensive midfield.