Stamford Bridge side chase White Hart Lane duo.
Chelsea will attempt to lure Tottenham pair Gareth Bale and Luka Modric during the January transfer window as Stamford Bridge owner Roman Abramovich seeks to flex his financial muscle and bridge the gap to Premier League front-runners Man City and Man United.
Andre Villas-Boas is known to be keen on Croatian international Modric and the talented midfielder made it clear he wants to move to the West London club and though Tottenham are keen to offer the 26 year old a new improved contract as yet the playmaker is yet to put pen to paper.
Chairman Daniel Levy made it clear in the summer that he was not willing to sell Modric to Chelsea and it would take a large offer to convince the White Hart Lane side to sell, not least as the player is tied down to a lengthy contract. Abramovich is ready to sanction a £60m bid to land the schemer and Welsh youngster Gareth Bale.
The offer of playing for a club challenging for major honours and able to offer regular Champions League football may well tempt the Tottenham player and a lot could depend on where Harry Redknapp’s side are placed when the transfer window re-opens.
Having enjoyed a successful Champions League campaign last term a number of Tottenham stars will have gotten a taste for the showpiece trophy and if they feel that they are more likely to play on the greatest stage by leaving for pastures new then a Redknapp and Levy may struggle to keep hold of their top performers.
The fact that the North London club failed to spend big in the summer may also worry some of the first team stars. Harry Redknapp sold Robbie Keane, Jamie O’Hara, Alan Hutton, Wilson Palacios and Peter Crouch but only made a couple of first team additions in Brad Friedel and Scott Parker.
Chelsea boss Villas-Boas is keen to refresh his squad further as a number of his squad edge nearer to the end of their glittering careers and the addition of Gareth Bale would add further creativity and attacking momentum and the 22 year old has been in great form for the past 18 months and showed his ability to make an impact in the Champions League last term and is being pursued by a number of Europe’s elite.
The likes of Frank Lampard, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka, are all over 30 years of age and Villas-Boas faces the challenge of building a new generation of Blues talent that can challenge for Premier and Champions League titles.