Stamford Bridge side up their offer for want-away White Hart Lane star.
Chelsea will look to bring an end their long running pursuit of Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric by offering the North London club £30m and £10m rated England Under 21 international Daniel Sturridge in exchange for the Croatian international.
Modric has stated his desire to move to Stamford Bridge but thus far Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp and chairman Daniel Levy have stuck to their guns and steadfastly refused to negotiate. However assistant manager Kevin Bond has since stated that “everyone has a price” and Chelsea will hope that this latest offer will be accepted.
Chelsea youngster Daniel Sturridge impressed during a loan spell at Bolton last term, netting eight goals in 12 matches, and the former Man City man may struggle to secure regular first team football under new Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas and may therefore be interested in becoming part of a deal to bring Modric to West London.
Harry Redknapp has been busily looking into improving his attacking options after his quartet of striker, Robbie Keane, Peter Crouch, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Jermain Defore, failed to make an impact in Premier League football last term and the offer of Sturridge into the bargain could help resolve his need to improve his need to add more firepower to his White Hart Lane squad.
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has earmarked Modric as his number one summer target and owner Roman Abramovich is keen to seal the deal before the season gets under way, hence the club’s willingness to once again up their offer for the former Dynamo Zagreb midfielder.
Similarly if Harry Redknapp is to accept defeat and sell a player who has made it clear he wants to leave, then he will want time to re-invest the cash to help bring in further additions as help Tottenham break back into hte top four.
Tottenham have attempted to placate Modric by offering him the captain’s armband in pre-season encounters but it is still abundantly clear that the 25 year old wants to secure a move to Chelsea this summer.