Yesterday evening various media sources announced that Tottenham Hotspur had formally rejected an offer of approximately £22 million from Chelsea for Luka Modric. Reportedly, Spurs rejected a formal enquire for their Croatian playmaker two weeks ago.
Chelsea have made the 25 year old Modric one of their priority transfer targets this summer, and despite not having found a replacement for Carlo Ancelotti, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich seems to be pressing ahead with his ambition to sign the Croatian. It is thought that they will follow this up with an improved offer in the near future, as they look to rebuild the squad and add some badly needed poise and creativity to their midfield. Chelsea will hope that the lure of a large contract and Champions League football will be enough to persuade the midfield to join the Blues.
Modric himself has suggested that he was willing to stay at Spurs but did stress that Tottenham’s failure to qualify for the Champions League was a blow to his own personal ambitions, stating “It’s
Chelsea are the favourites to sign Modric, but he has also attracted attention from Manchester United who apparently see him a possible replacement for Paul Scholes as the hub of their midfield. However the champions are unlikely to meet the likely price for the Croat, having spent £16 million of defender Phil Jones, and while they prioritizes other targets like Aston Villa’s Ashley Young and Udinese’s Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez.
Tottenham’s chairman Daniel Levy will have to resist a lot of pressure if he is to hold on to his player. A big offer for Modric may prove to be too good to turn down in order to help balance the books as Spurs are certain to spent this summer as they hope to make a push to again qualify for the Champions League
However any sale would make manager Harry Redknapp, who rebuffed the chances of Modric leaving White Hart Lane, greatly angry. “We want to keep him here and build a team round Luka,”the Spurs manager said. “If you start thinking about selling your best players, you might as well give up. What’s the point in carrying on? It effectively sends out all the wrong signals. And, when one player leaves, the rest want to follow him straight out the door. Then you have a situation where the quality of football goes into decline and you’re going backwards on the pitch,”he fears.
Modric had his best season in England last term and if he were to move will fetch a high price. Despite Tottenham’s hopes to keep hold of him it is likely that should a bid round the £35 million mark come in for Modric they will struggle to hold on to him.