Reports in the Daily Telegraph today indicate that Chelsea have tabled a £22 million bid for Tottenham Hotspur’s shining light Luka Modric – which has been instantly rejected.

For Harry Redknapp’s side to give themselves a chance of another crack at Champions League football and challenge for a place in the top four, they simply MUST keep the Croatian at White Hart Lane.

Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart received plaudits for the performances in the 2010/11 season, and rightly so, as they duo heavily contributed to the North London side’s brand of attacking football and played a big part in the European adventure. That said, Modric is the glue that keeps the attacking shape of the side together.

The former Dinamo Zagreb man is who the rest of the team look to for inspiration, the player who has the guile, creativity and vision to create chances for the afore mentioned duo and the strikers, and the one who orchestrates whole periods of Tottenham possession.

When the 25 year old does not play, Spurs look devoid of direction. If Bale, Van de Vaart or any of the other much desired stars of the side were to depart, they could be replaced. I currently do not see a player in the Premier League with the same attributes that could replace Modric.

Liverpool just paid £20 million for Jordan Henderson, a player who has only scored four goals in senior football, whilst Manchester United have shelled out £16.5 million on Phil Jones, who has only appeared in 35 top flight matches. £22 million for Modric? That’s an insult.

Redknapp and Daniel Levy have previously stated that the club do not want to sell their prize asset, and hopefully he will wear the white of Tottenham next season. But if the powers that be want to seriously bring the player to Stamford Bridge, a bid of double what they have offered would be needed.

Spurs have slapped a £50 million price tag on the Croatia international’s head, a figure that may seem excessive, but given the inflated transfer fees at the moment and the player’s quality, it fits the bill. Tottenham can prepare themselves for further Chelsea offers, but even if their London rivals do come back with the required £50 million sum, Spurs would be silly to sell; some players are invaluable.

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  1. It would be an absolute travesty to let Luka go for that relatively low price, given the current market for players in this day in age. I would be devastated to see him go and would like to see us build a stronger team around him, bringing in a clinical finishing 20/25 goal a season man. Possibly Osvaldo, Falcao, Drogba even..

    In the 2nd hald of the season – Spurs looked very average, and scraped through so many games playing the typical long ball to Crouchey and hoping for VDV / Pav / JD (when playing) to latch onto a hopeful second ball. This is not how I want to see Spurs play. If we look at the start of the 2010/11 season, we looked comfortable on the ball and passed and moved our way towards the goal and inevetibly scoring goals playing some pretty attractive football. If we lose Luka this dimension will go and we will have to pay top money to bring in someone of his similar ability.

    What would I like to see for 2011/12…
    King (legend – but do we need him for 4 games a season??)

    1 established centre half (Gary Cahill / Samba…)
    1 midfielder (Scott Parker / Charlie Adam eg)
    1 clinical centre forward (mentioned above)

    I would love to see our youngsters come through also. Danny Rose played superbly well towards the back end of last season and will always have a place in my heart for “that goal” against ARSEnal.



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