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Real Madrid have tried to tempt Spurs into accepting a players-plus-cash deal for the Croatian, but the north Londoners are holding firm for a price which voters feel is excessive

Tottenham's £40 million asking price for Luka Modric is not a fair reflection of his ability, say Goal.com readers.

Spurs are holding out for the mammoth sum from Real Madrid, who have been chasing the Croatian all summer, and have turned down an offer to include Ricardo Carvalho and Nuri Sahin as part-exchange in any deal.

But, should Los Blancos pay up to secure the playmaker's services, they would be doing so over the odds, declared voters in Wednesday’s poll.

A comfortable majority of 70.27% responded to our poll to warn the Spanish champions that £40m would simply be too much to spend on Modric, while only 29.73% argued that the Tottenham man is a world-class player worthy of his asking price.

The Croatia star pulled out of his club's pre-season tour of USA in the hopes of forcing through his transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu and was heavily fined for his actions.

Andre Villas-Boas, recently appointed head coach at White Hart Lane, has admitted that it is a "difficult" situation for all concerned as he weighs up whether the midfielder's fitness and mental state will be good enough for an imminent first-team return.

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Is Luka Modric really worth £40m?

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