Tottenham Hotspur have rejected a bid of £22m for their Croatian international midfield playmaker Luka Modric from London rivals Chelsea, with the players agent stating that the figure is “too low.”
Modric has proved to be the heartbeat of the Spurs side, having proved outstanding value since his £16.5m move from Dinamo Zagreb in 2008, winning the clubs player of the season award last year.
Chelsea, looking to rebuild this summer, have earmarked Modric as the midfielder who can re-invigorate their ageing side, however, will face stiff competition from Manchester United, who are big admirers of the 25-year-old, and are believed to be putting together a package to tempt Spurs. Yet, any move will need to far exceed Chelsea’s opening bid – just £2m more than Liverpool paid Sunderland for England under-21 midfielder Jordan Henderson – according to the players agent.
“Luka is happy at Spurs but if an offer came in that was acceptable to the club and player, we would be willing to discuss it,” said agent Nikky Vukan.
“In my opinion, £22m is a valuation that is too low for the player.
“The price that has been written greatly undervalues the price that the club values him at the moment. If there has been a bid of £22m I am not surprised that the club have rejected it. That figure is near to the fee that Spurs paid for Luka.”
Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham manager, would be loathe to let Modric leave, having recently hailed the player as “irreplaceable.”