Stamford Bridge side to increase offer for White Hart Lane midfielder.
Sky Sports sources understand Chelsea will make an improved bid for want-away Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric later on Monday.
The Croatia international is at the centre of a transfer saga which is beginning to turn ugly, as claims and counter-claims are exchanged with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
Chelsea failed in a £22million approach for Modric earlier in the summer, but last season’s Premier League runners-up, now under the management of Andre Villas-Boas, are ready to increase their offer.
Levy last week told a disenchanted Modric, a £16.6million signing from Dynamo Zagreb in 2008, that he will not be allowed to leave no matter what the size of the offer or the club making the approach.
Modric has claimed this reneges on a gentleman’s agreement he struck with Levy in May 2010, when he signed a six-year contract extension with Tottenham.
Spurs are of a different mind, but the impending increased offer from their London rivals will tempt the resolve of Levy, who is likely to want at least £30m.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has admitted Modric has seemed distracted in pre-season training and reports have suggested that Lyon’s £9m Bosnian, Miralem Pjanic, is being considered as a replacement.
SOURCE: Sky Sports
Some sources believe that Chelsea will up their bid from the original offer of £22m up to £28m and one wonders if Tottenham will continue to fight off the West London club or prefer to keep hold of an unhappy player. Luka Modric has stated his irritation at chairman Daniel Levy’s unwillingness to adhere to a gentleman’s agreement he had made with the club last summer.
Andre Villas-Boas is apparently keen on landing the Croatian international as he looks to put his stamp on the Stamford Bridge squad. The young manager is also keen to bring a couple of his former FC Porto stars to the Premier League and is apparently set to make offers for striker Radamel Falcao and midfielder Joao Moutinho.
Tottenham are keen to avoid selling any of their big names this summer but having failed to secure a top four finish appear to have left Modric wanting to move across London to join the Blues. Redknapp is hopeful he can persuade the former Dynamo Zagreb to stay and will look to sell off squad players to help finance moves to bring in top name players to appease his top performers.
The likes of Darren Bentley, Giovani dos Santos, Niko Kranjcar, Robbie Keane, Younes Kaboul, Alan Hutton and Wilson Palacios are all apparently available for transfer from the White Hart Lane side this summer.