- 2001: NK Zadar Youth to Dinamo Zagreb Youth – undisclosed fee
- 2008: Dinamo Zagreb to Tottenham Hotspur – £16.5 Million
- 2012: Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid – £30 Million
Luka Modrić is regarded as the greatest Croatian footballer of all time. Born in Zadar, Yugoslavia, in 1985. His career began in his homeland, before playing with Tottenham Hotspur. He is most well-known through his endeavors with Real Madrid's kit. Throughout his career, Modrić has accumulated an extensive list of titles won, with the highlight being 4 Champions League triumphs. Furthermore, he has been a Champion of Croatia and Spain with five league titles combined and has also won the Spanish and Croatian football Cup. At the age of 35, Modrić is nearing the end of his career. Where he will decide to play out his remaining games is still in question.
Luka Modrić’s Transfer History
Modrić began playing football in 1996 under NK Zadar's youth system – a club that is no longer active. Tomislav Bašić – head of the youth academy, played a significant role in the youngster's up come, as he was the one who brought him to Croatian powerhouse Dinamo Zagreb and insisted on getting him signed. He spent a single season with Dinamo's youth side before being sent out on loan with Bosnian club Zrinjski Mostar. Here is where he established himself and won the Bosnian League Player of the Year award at just 18-years-old. It took him a couple of more years in Croatia before moving on, which he did in 2008, joining Tottenham Hotspur. At the time of the deal, Barcelona, Arsenal, and Chelsea also had Modrić as one of their primary transfer targets.
The midfielder spent four years with the Spurs in which he stirred up the transfer news quite regularly. A magnificent player praised by all, including Sir Alex Ferguson, who named him the PL Player of the Year in 2011. With Spurs, Modrić met Bale, with who he would later play in Real Madrid. During his time at Tottenham, he was subject of serious transfer rumours linking him with local London rivals Chelsea. Roman Abramovich was ready to pay up to £40 Million, £10 Million more than what Real eventually paid. However, the Spurs weren't keen on letting Modrić go to the opposition. Unhappy with this decision, the midfielder pushed for his exit, and the transfer odds weren’t looking in Tottenham’s favor.
Eventually, the Croatian joined Los Blancos for £30 Million, putting an end to the Chelsea related gossip. With Real Madrid, Modrić proved he is a world-class player, contributing to a vast amount of trophies. In 2018 he helped the Croatian National Team reach historic heights after qualifying for the World Cup final. Now at the age of 35, the football whispers don't seem to die out. Paired with Los Blancos' declining form, rumours suggest that Modrić's exit is close. The destination of which, however is unknown, but it's hard to believe that he will keep on playing at the highest level. Perhaps a transfer to some exotic team would be the best for the Croatian's last couple of seasons.