Stamford Bridge outfit consider move to land White Hart Lane midfield magician.
Chelsea are about to launch a £26million bid for Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric.
Connections of the 24-year-old Croatia midfielder have been in London this week for discussions with his club aimed at sounding out his future at White Hart Lane.
But he has emerged as a top target for the newly-crowned Double winners with manager Carlo Ancelotti, backed by director of football Frank Arnesen, acutely aware of the need to bring in younger blood if they are to maintain their place at the top of English football.
Another important factor is Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s determination to win the Champions League, an ambition he is prepared to support by slugging it out with Manchester City in what will be a multi-million pound transfer battle this summer.
Both clubs have made no secret of their desire to sign Liverpool striker Fernando Torres.
Modric suffered after being switched to a deep-lying role by managerial flop Juande Ramos after a £16.5million move to Spurs in the summer of 2008 and it was only after the Spaniard’s successor Harry Redknapp utilised his passing and vision in a more attacking role that the Croat and Spurs blossomed.
Now the Spurs boss looks likely to get the call he dreads – when Chelsea come knocking for Modric. (Mail on Sunday)
Is there any chance Harry Redknapp would even consider selling one of his prized assets to arch local rivals Chelsea? The answer would have to be an emphatic no. Given that the White Hart Lane outfit has just managed an incredible top four finish and are about to embark on a maiden Champions League journey it seems highly unlikely that the Croatian playmaker would even consider leaving Tottenham this summer.
The talented attacking midfielder was in fantastic form last season and showed his ability to adapt to new positional alternatives to his usual central role and was more than able to play out wide left.
Carlo Ancelotti appears keen to refresh some of his aging line up and is looking for long term options and has been linked with big money moves for countless players. A large chunk of the crucial elements of the west London side top notch eleven are 30 years and over and with that in mind the former AC Milan boss is understandably keen to spend Roman Abramovich’s money after their wonderful double winning campaign.
The Italian had a similar undertaken when at the San Siro where he found that the backbone of his line up were all getting on in years. Are Chelsea fans at all worried about the future or do they believe they have the youngsters in their youth and reserve sides to bring into their first team squad?