Another day and another twist in what is already shaping up to be a summer long transfer saga. News broke last night that Modric wanted to move to the Rentboys after they tabled a £22 million bid for the Croatian that was rejected without question. It seems that since then, Modric has decided that he wants to move to the managerless Chelsea in what can only be described as one of the most blatant money grabbing attempts a player has ever done in the Premier League. He cannot defend himself by arguing that Chelsea have the ambition and drive to win the Premier League next season because how can a team that doesn’t even have a manager be looking towards the future? Daniel Levy, Tottenham Chairman, has moved fast to quash these rumours and released a public statement to re-iterate Tottenham’s stance on Modric:
“I wish to make it absolutely clear, as I have said previously, that none of our key players will be sold this summer. We are building a team for the future to consistently play at the highest level and retaining quality players is crucial to that. In respect of Luka Modric, we are not prepared to sell, at any price, to Chelsea Football Club or any other club. We made our stance on this issue abundantly clear in writing to Chelsea. They chose to ignore it and then subsequently made the offer public. For the avoidance of any doubt, let me reiterate that we shall not enter into any negotiations whatsoever, with any Club, regarding Luka. We now consider this matter closed.”
Now, let’s clear up the fact that Tottenham do not have the holding power to stop a player from leaving if they want to. To me, all this drama and public statements is just another way for Levy to edge the price of Modric further skywards. Tottenham already rejected £22 million and I thought the price to take away Tottenham’s prize possession would sit around the £30 million mark but that is now thrown out the window. The interest from Chelsea, the public denouncement of a possible transfer and Modric’s public statement of intent to leave Tottenham will mean that any figure towards £40 million could now possibly be touted as realistic.
Is Modric worth £40 million? No, but it just makes United’s issue of fixing a shoddy midfield that much harder. Nasri used the United interest deceptively to probably sign a bumper pay rise and Modric now looks to be doing the same but the fact that Tottenham are not playing Champions League football next season means they are pretty much powerless to stop a player moving away from their club. Arsenal were successful in doing just that with Fabregas last season and what did that do? It led to his worst season in an Arsenal shirt and took millions off his price tag. Tottenham need to take a step out of their goldfish bowl of a club and realise that they are not going to be able to hold on to any players who want to go and find Champions League football at another club. They had a marquee season last term and the taste of the top tier of football has blown their ego’s out of the water. They are still Tottenham Hotspur and they are still not title challengers. It is such a shame that LAF wasn’t able to get a bid in for Modric before all this started but I hope that he can now use his time wisely and look elsewhere. He should take some tips from Harry Redknapp and say arivederci to the possibility of signing Modric.