Chelsea could offer Drogba to land Spurs star
Published 23:02 13/06/11 By Martin Lipton
Didier Drogba has emerged as a potential pawn in Chelsea’s bid to land Luka Modric from Spurs.
Tottenham chief Harry Redknapp has insisted the £30million-rated Croatia midfielder is not for sale, despite interest from the Blues and champions Manchester United.
Modric himself, however, has pointedly not ruled out a move from White Hart Lane, talking of his desire for another taste of Champions League football after playing a major role in Spurs’ European adventure last season.
Drogba, meanwhile, had appeared to have been given a stay of execution on the back of the performances he gave at the end of the campaign as Fernando Torres failed to live up to the burden of expectations after his British-record £50m move to Stamford Bridge from Liverpool, but the Ivorian could become part of any deal.
Redknapp has never hidden his admiration for Drogba and has made it clear he would love to take him - if Chelsea were looking to let him go and finances allowed.
Drogba became a favourite of incoming Blues boss Guus Hiddink during the Dutchman's caretaker spell in charge of the club in 2009 and was expected to stay in SW6, despite owner Roman Abramovich’s desire to build a team to service Torres’ style of play.
Hiddink is due back from holiday tomorrow and the expectation is that - despite an ongoing compensation wrangle with the Turkish Football Federation - the 64-year-old will be announced as Carlo Ancelotti’s successor by the end of this week.
Yet Modric appears to have been identified as the player Chelsea believe would best unlock Torres’ goalscoring instincts, and Drogba could be added to the mix as a temptation to produce a change of heart over Modric from Tottenham.
Redknapp has promised that Spurs do not intend to let either Modric or Gareth Bale leave this summer, with the White Hart Lane boss arguing that his squad needs to be bolstered to get back into the top four, rather than weakened by deals that would signal the true ambitions of the club.