Transfer debacles didn’t come more epic than the Luka Modric fiasco that shrouded White Hart Lane in uncertainty last summer. With Daniel Levy remaining steadfast in his rejections as Chelsea’s bids amplified, the Croatian stumbled back and forth in his commitment to Spurs. Most fans at Tottenham were elated when the transfer window slammed shut and their midfield maestro remained at the club. However, after an indifferent season and his stated desire to move to Chelsea (that must now be even more prevalent after European football has failed to return to White Hart Lane), should the club cash in on Modric? Would £40 million be a good return on a player whose form is constantly fluctuating?
There is no doubt in my mind that Luka Modric is a world class player. When on form, the Croatian looks unstoppable, toying with the opposition as if they weren’t there. His playmaking skills far exceed that of any player in Tottenham’s team when he is at his best. The other side to Modric’s game is his inconsistency. His aforementioned talents on one day will be wiped out by their unexplainable disappearance on another. It also seems that his affection for the club has waned since last summer’s transfer merry-go-round. Maybe his heart is not at the Lane anymore. After his unnecessary public outburst last year stating that he wanted to sign for Chelsea, surely his relationship with Spurs will always be tainted. Commitment to a club gets you a long way with the fans, especially when Tottenham gave Luka Modric the platform to show his abilities on a European stage.
If Chelsea, Man City or Man United decide to have another go at prizing the Croatian out of a stubborn Levy’s hands, then another £40 million bid would have to be considered. The investment that can be made in the squad on the back of losing one player is monumental. An adept replacement for Modric along with one or two signings to sure up defensive frailties would surely be welcome at Spurs. However, after the success for Man City domestically and Chelsea having captured Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard, it would seem that only Man United would have an interest in Spurs’ No. 14. His stats this season have not been breath taking and the tumultuous handling of Modric and his future last year, along with the ever increasing asking price, will undoubtedly steer Sir Alex Ferguson away from declaring an interest.
Another question that must be posed to the Croatian is why he would want to go anywhere else. It could be argued that Tottenham squad looks more prepared for a domestic title challenge than the ageing Chelsea squad in which he could have been a part of. Granted Chelsea are European Champions and have managed to capture one of Europe’s best young talents in Hazard but the future at Tottenham looks considerably brighter than the advancing years of the rest of the squad at Stamford Bridge. His chances at Manchester City would be limited considering the playmaking talents that are already plying their trade at the Etihad and a transfer to Manchester United can go awry especially with the pressure of playing for such a successful team. Lessons learned from Dimitar Berbatov would indicate that sometimes it does not go to plan. For now, staying at Spurs might be best for his long term ambitions.
The summer of activity that will commence in the next few weeks, will always have players like Luka Modric at the epicentre. With age on his side and endless talent on his day, the Croatian will be filtered through the rumour mill. However, if one of the rumours comes to light and a bid is made that is comparable with Chelsea’s audacious attempts last year, surely Levy, Redknapp and the fans at White Hart Lane will deliberate offloading Modric and using the investment to refurbish certain areas of the squad. With The Daily Telegraph asserting that the former Dinamo Zagreb man could be sold for as much as £40 million, the impending seasons at Spurs may look brighter without their ‘star man’ in the team.
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