Chelsea have launched a new improved bid for Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric, as they aim to test the resolve of club chairman Daniel Levy. Reports from Sky Sports suggest the Blues tabled an improved £27m offer following the revelation of Michael Essien’s long-term injury.
Modric had recently launched a verbal assault on the club chairman for blocking his dream switch, but that has not changed the minds of Tottenham who are now even more determined to resist the advances of other clubs in an effort to prevent Modric from leaving.
Chelsea on the other hand, are also believed to be monitoring alternatives to Luka Modric in case the deal is not possible, with Real Madrid’s Kaka being rumoured as a likely target.
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Alex nears exit.
The rumours surrounding the future of Chelsea defender Alex continue to pick up pace. According to the Daily Mail, Bayern Munich, who were believed to be closest to signing the Brazilian now face competition from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
New manager Andre Villas-Boas is reportedly prepared to offload Alex and bring in another versatile defender who can also play a holding midfield role. The Portuguese boss has earmarked Pepe as his likely target, which means we could see a player plus cash deal take place between the two clubs.
Bayern Munich however will be looking to capture the services of Alex, with a bid in the region of £12m believed to match Chelsea’s valuation of the 29-year-old.
Essien injury latest.
Chelsea have released an update on the condition of Ghana international Michael Essien. The Official Club Website announced that Essien had suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus to his right knee.
The surgery was a success but the injury-prone Chelsea star will now sit out most of the campaign, as the period for recovery could take well up to six months.
This will be the second time in three years that Essien is being sidelined for half the season and it will be interesting to note if Andre Villas-Boas sees him as part of his long-term plans, especially with the availability of Ramires and John Obi Mikel as suitable replacements.
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