Thursday 17 August 2017

Villas-Boas weighing up increased bid for Modric

Andre Villas-Boas will meet Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay this week to discuss the club's transfer targets and whether they should increase their £27m offer for Luka Modric.

Despite a successful pre-season tour to Asia, the Chelsea manager is understood to be keen to add two players -- a creative midfielder and a winger -- to his squad.

"I don't like talking about players from other clubs, but that's something we'll look at during this week," Gourlay said after Chelsea's 2-0 victory over Aston Villa which won them the Asia Trophy.

Villas-Boas has pushed the club to make a bid for Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho but, it is believed, he accepts that the £35m release clause for the Portuguese international is too high. Modric did not feature in Tottenham's friendly against Brighton on Saturday amid suggestions that he had told boss Harry Redknapp he did not want to play for the club again.

This was emphatically rebutted by Spurs, with Redknapp insisting: "Luka saw the doctor and he had ulcers on the back of his throat. He was pretty rough. Again, I can't fault his attitude, he's been first class."

Spurs insist they will not sell Modric at any price but Chelsea are set to test that resolve with an offer of around £30m.

Meanwhile, Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribiero has threatened to report Real Madrid and Chelsea to FIFA if they contact Neymar without first agreeing a fee with the club for the player who has a £39.5m buyout clause in his contract.

Irish Independent

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