Luka Modric set for showdown talks

Tottenham’s Luka Modric is to meet club chairman Daniel Levy in the next 24 hours to discuss his future, and it widely expected that the Croatian will hand in a transfer request. The 25-year-old has excelled since joining the North London club from Dinamo Zabreb in 2008, and has been the subject of a £22 million bid from local rivals Chelsea.

With the White Hart Lane side failing to qualify for the 2011/12 Champions League, the diminutive playmaker has already stated in an interview that he wants to move on to further his career and play in Europe’s top club competition.

Manager Harry Redknapp echoed Levy’s sentiments that their key man was not for sale following the rejection of Chelsea’s enquiry and it is believed that Tottenham will offer the Eastern European a new deal to try to convince him to stay at the club, making him the highest paid player in the outfit’s history.

That aside, higher wages would be readily available at Stamford Bridge and Modric is set to ask to leave. Spurs paid £16.6 million for him three years ago, so a fee of substantially more than the £22million initially offered is expected to be necessary for Andre Villas Boas’ side to capture his signature.