One of the many transfer saga’s of the summer so far, Luka Modric has been linked with a move to Chelsea for the past couple of weeks. As news broke of a Chelsea bid, it didn’t take long for Modric to express his desire to leave White Hart Lane. With Tottenham no longer in the Champions League and their challengers for fourth place freely spending and building on their existing squads, few could blame him for wanting to leave. Describing his situation Modric explained a move “has to be good for my ambition. It has to be a club who are winning titles and playing in the Champions League”. That would be Chelsea then.
Things have gone a little quiet in the form of concrete offers for the Spurs playmaker, thought by many to be the perfect addition to a Chelsea squad in need of his busy, creative style. There has been plenty of talk however. Daniel Levy has said “We had a very good conversation and, as I’ve said previously, Luka Modric will not be sold. He’s been on holiday but we’ve now had the conversation and he understands our position”. Little consideration for the feelings of Modric from Levy, who when asked about the Croatian’s stance added “I’m just telling you what the position is – he won’t be sold. I’m sure once he’s back with his team-mates everything will be fine”. You do get the feeling however that it won’t.
Harry Redknapp has also had his say but seems less certain Tottenham will be able to hold on to their prize asset, “I think we have to show him our ambition, which we will do. If we can add one or two good players to our squad there’s no reason we can’t have another great season”. This however contradicts the proposed transfer strategy Tottenham have to take this summer, speaking at the end of last month; Redknapp claimed he has to “sell four or five players to bring in funds. The chairman has made it clear we need to move a few players before we can start doing any business”.
The recent claims of Modric not being for sale are therefore hard to believe. Redknapp admitted Modric has had his head turned by the Chelsea bid and Levy pretending his conversation with Modric was all one way is a clear indication of the stance Spurs have now been forced to take. Modric has stated he will not hand in a transfer request through respect to his current club, so the ball is firmly in Tottenham’s court. But, of course they will claim Modric is not for sale, of course they will not admit a bid of £30million pounds would probably be accepted and of course they will claim to be able to match the ambitions of their star man. It is all bravado, a show of defiance, and a clear attempt to squeeze every rouble out of a certain rich Russian’s pocket.
But do Levy, Redkanpp and the White Hart Lane faithful really have to worry about that bid being submitted? Can Levy stop hitting the refresh button of his inbox to see if he has the £30million bid he wants?
There has been no follow up offer from Chelsea. The timing of the last bid coincided with the Chelsea board switching their interest from one managerial candidate to another, from Guus Hiddink to Andre Villas-Boas. Since that moment no formal offer has been made. Chelsea are currently on hold in the transfer market, Villas-Boas wanting to give the current personnel at Stamford Bridge every chance to impress and earn their place in the squad. The question is has Chelsea’s interest in Modric been paused by Villas-Boas, or did the interest die along with the pursuit of Guus Hiddink?
The next week will more than likely reveal all, either way, every club in the world can do little these days when it comes to ‘player-power’. If Chelsea’s interest is renewed, Modric will become a Chelsea player.
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