Stamford Bridge make potentially tempting swap offer for White Hart Lane playmaker.
Michael Essien ‘to be offered to Spurs’ in latest Chelsea bid for Luka Modric
Chelsea are set to come back with an improved transfer offer for Luka Modric, which will include Michael Essien in part-exchange, despite Spurs chairman Daniel Levy saying the wantaway midfielder is ‘not for sale at any price’.
Modric has shocked Spurs by saying he wants to leave White Hart Lane for a ‘bigger club’ – and even singled out the Blues as his preferred destination this summer.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has already scoffed at Chelsea’s opening bid of £22million for Modric, saying other players who have been sold for similar amounts this summer ‘aren’t fit to lace his boots’.
But Blues chiefs are determined to get their man, and the latest reports from Stamford Bridge suggest Essien, who has failed to recapture the blistering form that made him such a fans’ favourite in his early days, will be used as a makeweight in the deal – along with an eight-figure cash sum.
Given that Luka Modric has stated publicly he wants to leave Tottenham, things could get very problematic for White Hart Lane boss Harry Redknapp. Whilst he has stated repeatedly he has no intention to sell the Croatian international, he also knows that keeping an unhappy player at the club will serve more harm than good.
This swap, and cash, offer looks pretty temping on the face of it. Michael Essien is one of the best in the business when he is on the top of his game. The tough tackling defensive midfielder has had problems with injuries though but still made 41 starts in all competition last term.
One sticking point however could be Essien’s decision to return to international football which means that he may well find himself away from Premier League action for upwards of a month during the African Nations Cup next January and February and that could be a factor that Redknapp would have to consider before accepting any swap offer.
Tottenham could well do with a top notch central midfielder to add more steel to the North London club’s midfield given that Wilson Palacios suffered a severe down turn in form last season and Brazilian Sandro may not be ready to be a regular first choice starter next term as he is still very much finding his feet in the Premier League.