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Chelsea Make Shock £40m Tottenham Swap Offer: Will Redknapp Be Tempted to Sell?

Will Stamford Bridge bid interest White Hart Lane boss?

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Frank Lampard may be used as a shock makeweight in a deal to lure Spurs star Luka Modric to Chelsea.

The Blues are refusing to give up on Modric and will make a renewed bid when the transfer window ­reopens next month.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp would see Lampard as a direct replacement for Modric and that could swing the deal. Lampard missed a penalty and was hauled off after 60 minutes in yesterday’s 3-0 win at Newcastle.

Chelsea made three bids for the Croatian in the summer — which were rejected by Tottenham — who insisted Modric wasn’t for sale at any price. And boss Andre Villas-Boas is also prepared to use Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka as bait.

Although Modric stopped short of handing a transfer request in during the ­summer he made his ­feelings clear, pleading with Tottenham to allow him to move across ­London.

There has been ­suggestions that Modric would be offered a new deal at Tottenham but in the current climate he is unlikely to sign anything as Chelsea renew their ­interest.

SOURCE: Sunday Mirror

Over the summer Chelsea made a real fist of luring Luka Modric away from White Hart Lane but though the Croatian international made it very clear he was interested, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy stuck by his guns and turned down the Blues advance. Will this latest offer bear fruit?

Well given that Tottenham have had a great start to the current campaign there may be a school of thought that would suggest that perhaps the 26 year old playmaker would rather stay in North London as opposed to move to the West London club who appear to be having a bit of an up and down time of it of late.

Andre Villas-Boas insists his job is safe but that may well not be a call he has any control over. For instance if Chelsea were to fail to overcome Valencia next week and crash out of the Champions League at the first stage for the first time in their history, then Roman Abramovich may well have doubts that the young Portuguese boss is the right man for the job.

However one must also then question whether Frank Lampard fancies moving to Tottenham. Yes he will be reuniting with his former boss, and close friend, Harry Redknapp but is that enough to make the aging midfielder want to move to a sworn enemy? Perhaps it is, but perhaps it isn’t?

Clearly any offer would involve a big chunk of money as well as the England international, perhaps around £30m and Lampard would tempt Levy into considering. Remember that the Chelsea midfielder is not in the best of form and has sat out some of this season on the bench.

Modric is valued at around £40m and one would imagine that regardless of the fact that Lampard is now is 33 years of age he’s still worth at least £10m because he is fairly fit and still has a couple of seasons in the tank at least. What works in the Romford born veteran’s favour is the fact that he is very rarely injured, hence his amassing of over 700 club appearances.

What do fans of the two clubs think? Deal or no deal?

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