Stamford Bridge back up man brought in as part of hopeful deal to sign White Hart Lane man.
Chelsea are prepared to use Yossi Benayoun as bait in their attempt to prise Luka Modric from Tottenham.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has long been an admirer of Benayoun, and showed interest in the creative midfielder when he left Liverpool last year.
The Israel captain moved to Stamford Bridge instead but failed to make an impression in a season wrecked by a heel injury.
He has been bright during pre-season but it is indicative of Chelsea’s desire to land Modric that Andre Villas-Boas is prepared to sacrifice Benayoun.
Since arriving from Porto in June, Villas-Boas has spoken many times about the importance of players who can operate ‘between the lines’, bringing fluidity and unpredictability to Chelsea’s rigid system.
Benayoun fits into this category, not to mention the fact that he is perhaps the only player to have displayed any chemistry with Fernando Torres.
Spurs, who have rejected bids of £22m and £27m, are optimistic that they can fight off Chelsea’s interest and convince Modric, who is in Ireland with Croatia, to commit to at least one more year at White Hart Lane, even though he has already said he wants to leave.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Firstly, hasn’t Harry Redknapp and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy stated repeatedly that Luka Modric is not for sale? Secondly having failed with a bid of around £27m for the Croatian international would the Blues really think that an offer with the addition of Yossi Benayoun would really have any chance of succeeding? Surely not.
Whilst the former Liverpool and West Ham man is a talented midfielder, at 31 and having just been out for quite some time with an achilles tendon injury, it seems highly unlikely that offering the Israeli international would have any effect on Redknapp whatsoever. Apart from anything else, Tottenham have quite a few players as squad back up that are as good, if not better, than the Chelsea man.
Currently the likes of Niko Kranjcar, David Bentley and Steven Pienaar are by no means regulars but have as much to offer as Benayoun and are all younger.
Chelsea’s desire to sign Modric has reach epic proportions but time is running out and it seems that Tottenham are holding firm on keeping their top notch playmaker and it may be a better idea if Andre Villas-Boas looks elsewhere.
The Blues boss has been linked with a number of players as he looks to add more creativity to a midfield that looks a little brittle. Boas has the likes of Ramires, John Obi Mikel and Michael Essien to provide the muscle but in terms of attacking intent the club only really has Frank Lampard and inexperienced, but undoubtedly talented, Josh McEachran to call upon.
Chelsea have been linked with moves for Javier Pastore (now at PSG) and Samir Nasri (seemingly on his way to Man City) to fill this void.