After having a £22m bid for Luka Modric rejected out-of-hand by Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the month, Chelsea, upon hearing the news that Ghanaian international midfielder Michael Essien would be missing from first team duty for six months due to a knee injury, have offered an improved £27m deal for the Croatian international star.
Modric, who has recently made clear his desire to leave White Hart Lane so as to participate in the Champions League next season, is expected to hand in a transfer request at the North London club following talks with chairman Daniel Levy. Levy said that Modric understood that he would be staying at Spurs next season, whereas the midfielder responded, claiming that Levy had broken promises to the Spurs number 14. Although there is interest in Modric from Manchester United – whose manager Sir Alex Ferguson has distanced himself from Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri – although it’s believed Modric would prefer to move from north to west London, and not the north west of England.
25-year-old Modric will take part in Spurs 10-day tour to South Africa, beginning on Wednesday, but is known to be aware of the opportunities on offer at Stamford Bridge. Not only would he be participating in the Champions League, and be a first team regular in Andre Villas-Boas starting XI, he would also be able to treble his current £40,000 per week wages.
Spurs chairman Levy remains adamant – at least in public – that Modric will not be sold at any price. However, having seen Chelsea spend £50m on Fernando Torres in January, a player from a Premier League rival in poor personal form, Levy may well be willing to allow the former Dinamo Zagreb midfielder to leave should he receive any fee above £35m.