According to the latest reports, West London-based Premiership side Chelsea are hoping to make fresh enquiries about the availability of fellow London-based Premiership side Tottemham’s Croatian playmaker Luka Modric and are expected to put in a fresh bid for the player when the summer transfer window opens.
Modric, 26, has been targeted by Chelsea for a while now and the player was even a $64.88 million (£40 million) target for the Blues last summer. However, the Spurs were in no mood to part with their most effective and valuable player under any circumstances and a deal failed to materialize.
However, now it is believed that the Spurs are trying to make Modric sign a new contract with the club that will eventually persuade him to stay at North London for at least another season. It is also being said that the Spurs are lining up a contract that will double the Croatian's $81,000 (£50,000)-a-week pay packet.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, on the other hand, has admitted that he doesn’t really know what the situation between Modric and the club is, but is expecting the club to tie the player down for another season to ward off any threat from other clubs.
Modric can play with both feet and combines this with his swift offensive positioning off the ball. His complex game brought him consistent success in the Croatian first division. Moreover, his best role is as a central playmaker that can be helpful to any team.
Sources have also revealed that Modric is concerned over the future of Redknapp, who is tipped to take over as England manager. The future of Redknapp may also eventually decide the future of Modric. Apart from Chelsea, Manchester City are also pretty open about their ambitions to lure the player away, according to a Tribal Football report.
Modric, who arrived at Tottenham in 2008 from the Croatian Prva HNL side Dinamo Zagreb, has made 141 appearances for the White Hart Lane-based side and has even managed to score 16 times thus far. He has also won 54 international caps for Croatia and has scored eight times.