Thursday 23 November 2017

Chelsea make £30m bid as Modric turns back on Spurs

Jason Burt

Chelsea yesterday submitted a bid of £30m to finally prise Luka Modric from Tottenham Hotspur.

It is understood Modric will not travel with the Spurs squad this morning ahead of tonight's Premier League match away to Manchester United. Modric is understood to be furious Spurs are refusing to negotiate with Chelsea and has told friends he does not want to play for the club again and feels let down.

The 25-year-old missed last week's Europa League play-off first-leg away to Hearts after it was announced he had a groin strain, but if he had played in that game or this week's reverse fixture he would be unable to play in the Champions League with Chelsea. Spurs are short of fit central midfielders and would like Modric to play against United.

Harry Redknapp has praised the player's attitude even though he has made it plain he wants to go to Chelsea where he will treble his £40,000-a-week wages.

Redknapp has also admitted it might be in Spurs' best interests if Modric was sold, given it would allow him to bring in three or four new players to strengthen his squad. However, chairman Daniel Levy has not wavered in his determination that he will not enter into negotiations at any price.


Spurs rejected an offer of £22m and another of £27m while Chelsea bided their time before submitting a much anticipated £30m offer yesterday. The bid was formally made with Chelsea awaiting Spurs' response. If it is flatly rejected again, then it will only add to Modric's frustration.

The offer is a straight cash deal and does not involve any players, although Chelsea will have to move on some senior players should they sign their transfer targets to ensure they comply with the Premier League's 25-man squad limit.

Yossi Benayoun is believed to have told friends he is hoping to join Spurs and announced on Saturday he hoped to have news about his future by Wednesday.

Redknapp would like to sign Didier Drogba, but Chelsea have insisted he is not for sale. Spurs are close to signing Lassana Diarra from Real Madrid and are in advanced talks with Manchester City to take Emmanuel Adebayor on a season-long loan. Chelsea's interest in Modric predates the appointment of manager Andre Villas-Boas but he is keen to sign the player and add much needed creativity to his squad. The saga is set to continue close to the transfer deadline day next week, especially if Modric continues to push for the move.

Valencia, meanwhile, have announced an agreement in principle for a £27m deal to take attacker Juan Mata to Stamford Bridge. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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