White Hart Lane boss ready to let Croatian leave to help boost striking options.
Spurs boss Redknapp feels Levy should let Modric go to Chelsea
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp and chairman Daniel Levy are split over whether to let star midfielder Luka Modric join Chelsea.
Redknapp is prepared to let the £35million-rated Croat fulfil his Champions League dream so he can bring in up to three top strikers, such as Giuseppe Rossi of Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente or Manchester City’s Emmanuel Adebayor on loan.
Levy wants to finance new signings by selling other players and hopes to complete a £20m deal for Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios to join Stoke.
Having seen his strike force fail to get into the swing of things last term it appears that Harry Redknapp’s main priority this summer is to improve his attacking options and seems to think that it makes more sense to allow Luka Modric to join Chelsea than to keep an unhappy player at the club.
It may well be wise to offload the Croatian international to avoid him becoming a negative influence in the dressing room and as long as the Blues meet any valuation Tottenham place on Modric then Redknapp will want to do a deal soon so that he has time to re-invest the cash on new players.
The three strikers named are all proven in their respective leagues. Rossi has been a big hit at Villarreal and has scored 77 goals in four seasons at the club but may feel now is the time to make a high profile move that may well help his chances of being a regular in the Italian national team set-up.
Llorente has netted 72 goals in the last four season with Athletic Bilbao and much like Rossi may feel a big move would help improve his chances of breaking the Fernando Torres/David Villa monopoly in the Spain national side.
Emmanuel Adebayor suffers a great deal due to his reputation as being a disruptive force but in goalscoring terms he can be very effective and the former Arsenal man did of course net twice against Tottenham when he lined up for Real Madrid against the North London club in the Champions League last season.
All four of Tottenham’s current strikers have been strongly linked with moves away from White Hart Lane, Robbie Keane most recently with a move to the MLS, Peter Crouch continues to be targeted by Stoke City and Jermain Defoe has also been linked with a move away whilst Roman Pavlyuchenko is reportedly wanted by a number of Russian sides.