Chelsea FC have been told that no amount of money will tempt them into selling their highly sought after attacking midfielder Luka Modric with the West London club now looking to include one of their current stars as part of the deal.
Chelsea recently offered £22m for Modric then again tried to increase the deal to £28m with Tottenham rebuffing both bids and both Harry Redknapp and Daniel Levy refusing to accept any offer. However, now that Modric has gone public about his desire to join Abramovich’s side the Chelsea board are prepared to allow Modric instigate the move and will not offer any more money for the player currently on offer.
Tottenham will be talking to the player soon to try and persuade the Croatian to stay and will not allow him to leave but look into the possibility if their London rivals were to offer one or possibly two of their current players. Michael Essien’s name has come up in the press as a possible player that could be part of a switch although sources claim this to be very unlikely with Ivorian Didier Drogba a more realistic outcome, especially with Chelsea about to seal the services of Lukaku and one other top quality striker.
Another option could be that of Frank Lampard who wants to remain at Chelsea for at least one more year, but should Chelsea purchase Modric and Pastore, plus perhaps Everton’s Mario Fellaini who has been linked recently, then Lampard would be hard pushed to find himself in the starting eleven, even under Villas-Boas – who will be unveiled this week as the new Chelsea manager – whom Lampard worked under during the Mourinho years.
With Euro 2012 also just around the corner, Fabio Capello will not be thinking of including Lampard in the England squad if he is only a bit-part player for his club. Although Tottenham are adamant that they shall not sell Modric, a cash deal including Frank Lampard would seem the most obvious answer however no moves are likely to be made until Redknapp has held discussions with Modric on his return from leave.