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Monday Kickoff: Modric a no-show, Dempsey bidders warned off & more

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American fans hoping to catch Luka Modric during Tottenham's preseason tour are going to miss out.

The Croatian playmaker, who has said he wants to join Real Madrid, failed to report to the team for training Friday and did not join it for its flight Saturday to Los Angeles. The 26-year-old with four years left on his Spurs contract will likely be fined two weeks' pay.

Tottenham is reportedly holding out for a nearly $50 million transfer fee. Paris Saint-Germain, which has been spending liberally this summer, also is said to be interested in Modric's services.

"This will go against him," Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas said to Spanish newspaper AS. "He has worsened the situation with what he's doing and now the chairman [Daniel Levy] is very angry."

Tottenham faces the Los Angeles Galaxy on Tuesday, Liverpool in Baltimore on Saturday, and the New York Red Bulls on July 31.

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The Clint Dempsey transfer saga has taken another turn, with a source telling ESPN "no bids would be welcome" for the Fulham attacker, as well as in-demand Belgian international Moussa Dembele.

"There are no current bids," the source added, "and none would be welcome."

Dempsey, who has repeatedly expressed a desire to go to a bigger club, has been linked to Liverpool, while Manchester United reportedly are interested in Dembele.


FC Dallas have already signed a record seven homegrown players. On Sunday, the club's academy added to its impressive resume, as the Dallas U-18s won the U.S. Soccer Development Academy national title with a 3-2 triumph over the Vancouver Whitecaps in Houston.

Danny Garcia scored the first goal for Dallas before second-half substitute Jose de la Tejera bagged two goals, including the 84th-minute winner.


Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has confirmed his club is in talks with Sao Paulo for Brazilian Olympic midfielder Lucas.

The 19-year-old, who has 11 caps with the senior national team, has also reportedly drawn the attention of Real Madrid and Inter Milan.


Are you disappointed Modric isn't with Tottenham for the club's preseason tour? Is Fulham right to not welcome bids for Dempsey? How impressive has Dallas' academy been?

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