Chelsea now offering £27m for Modric
Published 23:01 11/07/11 By Darren Lewis
Cheeky Chelsea want to tie up the signing of Luka Modric in time for their pre-season tour of the Far East next week.
The west Londoners have raised their bid for the unhappy Spurs midfielder to £27million this week with Modric intent on quitting White Hart Lane.
Chelsea depart next week for Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong, as part of their pre-season preparations.
Boss Andre Villas Boas wants Modric in the squad by then, but Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said last night: “I’ve not heard anything.
“They are going to make an improved offer? I should think they would need to! £22million for Luka Modric would be a joke anyway, if he was for sale.
“He’s a fantastic footballer. The offer is a joke in terms of how much money they have offered. Most importantly we need to keep him, he’s a fantastic player for us.”
The bitter row between Spurs, Chelsea and Modric himself is coming to a head because Villas-Boas wants to bring in a replacement for Michael Essien following confirmation that the Ghana midfielder is out for six months .
The news piles pressure on Spurs chief Daniel Levy, who has steadfastly maintained he will not be selling Modric - and specifically will not let him go to Chelsea.
Modric has in turn responded by branding the Tottenham chairman behaviour ‘arrogant’ during talks held last week, after which Levy claimed the player understood the club’s position.
In an explosive turn of events, Modric - with his treatment at Levy’s hands the talk of the Tottenham training ground - has threatened to hand in a transfer request should the north Londoners deny him his dream move.
It leaves Levy facing a nightmare dilemma of his stance causing unrest within the squad or a u-turn leaving him in the embarrassing position of losing credibility.