Chelsea have had a £22 m bid for Luka Modric rejected by Tottenham, according to reports from ESPN Soccernet. The bid was dismissed just a few hours after it was received, but the Blues are adamant in getting their target and are expected to come up with an improved offer soon.
Chelsea have set their sights on signing Modric from their North London rivals, despite the insistence of Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, that the Croatian is not for sale. The Blues believe the temptation of a wage increase along with the chance to play Champions League football will be enough to convince Modric to hand in a transfer request.
Harry Redknapp has also acknowledged that the offer is sure to get Modric thinking about his future, but went on to assure the fans at White Hart Lane that the club chairman is not willing to sell him under any circumstances.
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Blues eye Barcelona midfielder.
In a surprising turn of events, it appears Chelsea are in with a chance to sign Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara, according to the Daily Mail. After much speculation that Cesc Fabregas would be joining the Catalan club, Alcantara dropped a bombshell by claiming he would leave if Fabregas was to join.
The highly rated Spanish Under 21 star believes Fabregas’ arrival will see him left on the bench for much of the season and is willing to leave in order to avoid that. The claims have alerted the Blues who are looking to bring in some young talent and reduce the overall age of the squad.
However, it is believed that Alcantara could possibly be used as a makeweight to seal the deal with Arsenal for their club captain.
Bayern target Alex.
German giants Bayern Munich are believed to be interested in signing Alex from Chelsea, according to the Daily Mail. The Bundesliga side are currently in pursuit of Manchester City’s promising defender, Jerome Boateng and are considering Alex as an alternative should City demand too high an asking price.
Alex has suffered with injuries in the last season and has found himself on the bench following the arrival of David Luiz. The Brazilian joined Chelsea in 2004 and has been a reliable performer in recent seasons.
Despite having Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz at the club, it is unlikely Chelsea will be willing to part with Alex, as they struggled last season due to a shortage of defenders when key first-team players were out with injuries.
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