Tottenham winger Gareth Bale will reportedly demand a transfer away from White Hart Lane, should the club sell Croatian playmaker Luka Modric, according to The Mirror.
Modric has been the target of affection from Chelsea this summer and the Blues tabled a £22m bid for the 26 year old, which was swiftly rejected by Tottenham. Daniel Levy, the chairman at White Hart Lane, released a passionate statement claiming that they would not sell Modric at any price.
Bale believes that if Modric is sold, and Tottenham fail to keep to their promise, then the Welshman could move away from Spurs to either Europe or a top four Premier League side. A whole host of clubs have revealed their interest in the 21 year old, who insisted he was happy to stay should star men be retained and the squad be strengthened.
If Tottenham do not stand by their admissions, then Bale could follow Modric out of White Hart Lane and severely weaken the Spurs side for the following season. Bale moved from Southampton to Tottenham in 2007 and has vastly improved as a player with last season culminating in the PFA Player of the Year award for the Welshman.
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Spurs to break bank for Modric.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is prepared to make Luka Modric the highest paid player in Tottenham’s history in an attempt to keep him at Spurs, the Mail on Sunday reports.
26 year old Modric will hold talks with Levy over the ambition of the club and whether there will be strengthening of the club this summer. Levy will propose a £90,000 a week raise to double Modric’s current wage after Modric signed a six year deal last summer.
The Croatian midfielder, signed by Spurs in the summer of 2008, has been a revelation at White Hart Lane, earning plaudits for his performances last season and winning the player of the year award at Tottenham. Modric has revealed that he would like to stay in London and Chelsea could be the ideal target for the playmaker. New Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas would like to bring in Modric to freshen up the ageing Chelsea squad and could offer 33 year old striker Didier Drogba as bait.
There will be outcry in North London should Modric make the trip to West London, especially after Daniel Levy’s statement that Modric would not be sold to Chelsea or any other club. The 26 year old could move away, if he feels the current squad is not capable of getting into the Champions League again, and Modric would like a further taste of Europe’s top competition.
Beckham in new link.
Former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham could make a return to England to see out his footballing career, the News of the World reports, with Tottenham interested in signing the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder.
Beckham is 36 and could fancy one last stab at the Premier League before he hangs up his boots and Tottenham have been interested in signing Beckham for around two years now. Beckham’s five year contract with Galaxy runs out in November and he could make a return to England, with the midfielder himself claiming he has at least two years left of his playing career.
With Beckham being linked in a role for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, a move to Spurs could be possible to help his England international ambitions as well as co-operation with the Games. Beckham trained with Tottenham for a couple of months to try and keep his fitness levels in the post-season of the MLS and Spurs manager Harry Redknapp was impressed with the England international.
A move could be possible if Beckham would be interested in the switch back to London, where he grew up and spent time at White Hart Lane as a youngster, attending the club’s school of excellence, before his move to Manchester United and his recognition as a global superstar.
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