Chelsea have reportedly raised the stakes in their attempts to sign Luka Modric from Tottenham Hotspur by offering a staggering £40m for the player.
The Mail on Sunday claim that the Blues’ billionaire owner has authorised the huge bid for the Croatia international as he is determined to complete the signing prior to Wednesday’s transfer deadline. The new offer is significant improvement their previous bids of £22m and £27m, both of which were scoffed at by Spur boss Harry Redknapp and chairman Daniel Levy.
Levy has been unmoved by Chelsea’s interest and Modric’s determination to leave and has been adamant that the midfielder will remain at White Hart Lane with the player selected to play in Sunday’s clash with Manchester City. However, the latest offer could be too good to turn down with £40m enough to finance the purchase of two top quality players should they have enough time to complete any deals.
Abramovich’s desire to sign Modric stems both from his personal pride not to be denied the marquee signing but also after seeing his team fail to inspire in midfield areas during the opening three games of the season in which Chelsea have made hard work of supposedly inferior opposition.