The on-going saga of Luka Modric’s proposed transfer to Chelsea took another twist yesterday as a Sunday paper claimed that Chelsea were ready to offer £27m plus Daniel Sturridge for the Croatian playmaker. Spurs and Daniel Levy have made it very clear this summer that they do not want to sell Modric and have already rejected two offers for the 25-year-old but doesn’t this new proposal make sense for the White Hart Lane club?
Modric looked a completely different player last season and was vital part of Tottenham’s run to the Champions League Quarter Finals which brought him to the attentions of Europe’s biggest clubs. His dynamic displays in Spurs midfield have led Chelsea to believe he is the man to bring the Premier League title back to Stamford Bridge. Whether or not Levy will actually sell Tottenham’s player of the year is unknown but an offer like this will turn heads in the boardroom as it could save them spending big on a much needed centre-forward.
Sturridge, who is an England U21 international, looks a fine prospect after his impressive loan spell at Bolton towards the end of last season. He has all the attributes to become an excellent Premier League striker in the future with blistering pace, silky skills and a natural finishing ability. Signed by the Stamford Bridge club from Manchester City in 2004, he hadn’t really had the chance to shine until his loan spell at the Reebok where he scored 8 goals in just 12 matches which will have impressed Redknapp who is known to be a huge fan of the youngster.
Spurs certainly need to boost their attacking options after the disappointing form of Defoe and Crouch last year with Robbie Keane looking nothing like the player he used to be and it is definitely one position that Redknapp will be looking to strengthen this summer and this transfer offer could be a solution.
Considering the fact that their North London rivals Arsenal are looking at selling Cesc Fabregas for around £35m to Baracelona, this proposed deal looks very attractive with the prospect of using the money to sign Modric’s replacement. However selling another player after Dimitar Berbatov to a rival top-four club will probably hinder their attempts to qualify for the Champions League again this year and it will be hard enough already without selling one of their most important players.
Modric reportedly handed in a transfer request which although the club have denied still confirms the sort of feeling around that he has decided to leave and keeping an unhappy player at the club is not the best scenario. Levy values Modric at around £40m however if Chelsea could chuck in the young striker as part of the deal then maybe he will accept nearly £30m for the former Dinamo Zagreb player.
Maybe they should hold out for a bit more than £27m but bagging the highly-rated Sturridge as part of the deal looks like a sensible thing to do and would soften the blow of losing Modric. However I cannot see Chelsea wanting to sell Sturridge as he looks like a great prospect and instead they will probably be looking for a season long-loan which will help to aid his development rather than selling him to one of their league rivals.
This could well be a typical red-top newspaper transfer story that fails to materalise but if it Chelsea did decided to make an offer involving Sturridge and if he was happy to move to White Hart Lane, why couldn’t this be the answer to Tottenham’s current dilemma over Modric?
Do you think that this deal would be right for Tottenham or should they hold out for more money or even try their best to keep an unhappy Modric at White Hart Lane?
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