White Hart Lane star on his way to Old Trafford?
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Tottenham will put a £50 million price tag on Luka Modric in the summer as a hands off warning to Manchester United.
The 25-year-old midfielder is being lined up by United manager Sir Alex Ferguson as a long-term replacement to Paul Scholes and the Scot is ready to pay £35m to bring him to Old Trafford.
But Spurs are adamant Modric is committed to the club after he signed a six-year contract last summer and have no interest in selling the man they bought for £16.5m from Dinamo Zagreb in 2008. Manager Harry Redknapp moved quickly this week to quash suggestions that the Londoners may be willing to cash in on one of their prize assets.
Chelsea and Barcelona are also keeping tabs on Modric but Tottenham are confident of holding on to the playmaker, who does not have any release clauses in his contract which would allow another club to sign him for a set fee.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will deter interested clubs by telling them not to bother with a bid below £50m, which would equal the British transfer record Chelsea paid Liverpool for Fernando Torres last month.
“Modric is going nowhere and if United seriously want him the bidding starts at £50m,” a White Hart Lane insider told Goal.com UK.
So there you have it, or do you. This source has spoken to an ‘insider’ who believes that offers of £50m would be accepted by Tottenham for playmaker Luka Modric and in today’s market, where Andy Carroll cost Liverpool £35m, that price seems pretty fair. The 25 year old Croatian international has been a marvellous signing and has been playing his best football under Harry Redknapp’s regime.
The North London club will fight off advances for the former Dynamo Zagreb man as to sell off their big stars would kind of be like admitting that Tottenham lack ambition, after all we are talking about a side who went from being relegation candidates when Redknapp arrived with the club having their worst season in a hundred years and now they are Champions League converts who have beaten both AC and Inter Milan this season and are still in range of the top of the Premier League table.
The club is also very adamant they will not sell their other top performers like Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale and Daniel Levy is backing Redknapp to the hilt in the transfer market and as long as Spurs clear out the dead wood then new arrivals will surely come in during the summer.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is known to be a huge fan of Modric and the Old Trafford boss is looking to freshen things up at the club and sees the goal scoring midfielder as a natural replacement for Paul Scholes.
Ferguson is also looking to change things in his squad with the likes of Darron Gibson, Michael Carrick, Michael Owen, Owen Hargeaves, Gabriel Obertan, Jonny Evans and Danny Welbeck apparently set to leave the club. Indeed there is some talk that Carrick could be used as a make-weight in a deal to land Luka Modric.