After a year long saga concerning the future of Luka Modric, an offer from Real Madrid might be enough for Levy to say goodbye to the Croatian for good. Not only due to the large sum of money which is being offered, rumoured to total £35 million, but also because selling Modric to Madrid will have little consequence to Spurs in comparison to selling him to Premier League rivals.
The main reason why people are hesitant to get rid of Modric is the million (or thirty five million) pound question, who will replace him?
Personally, I feel that there are 3 good and sensible options who can fulfill the role of Modric without denting the bank too badly.
The 23 year old is only on his first year of a six year long contract but it doesn’t look like he will be getting any first team football anytime soon. If Modric is to go to Madrid, this means that Sahin will be pushed down the pecking order even further, and with a total of 10 games being played last season in all competitions, if Sahin aims to get back to his playmaking ways then he will leave Madrid if he wants any hope of first team football.
The Portuguese holding, or attacking midfielder, has played under the favourite to succeed Redknapp once before. AVB once managed Moutinho in a deal which saw him move from Porto’s rivals, Sporting. But, in his first season at Porto, Moutinho played over 50 times and helped to contribute to the free flowing football of Porto which saw them win the treble in that season. Even though he has only scored 5 goals in 97 games for Porto, he has assisted a further 16 goals. Despite this tremendous tally for a make-shift holding midfielder, he also helped to partake in moves across the pitch by making the initial pass before the assist.
But, it would be very hard for Moutinho to leave Porto considering their back to back league wins, unless a man like AVB would be at the forefront of a reshaped Spurs come the start of the 2012/13 season.
Although the former Swansea City loanee played predominantly in the central attacking position, the Icelandic can also play in the centre of midfield and for that reason I would make him first choice out of this selection. The 22 year old has consistently proven why he has built up his reputation from Reading, to Swansea and now to the rumoured link to Liverpool.
He has impressed with his long range efforts and wonder free kicks but what amazes the most is his assist tally since January. In a total of 19 appearances, Sigurdsson scored 7 goals and assisted a further 4. Surely this versatility and proven goal scoring record could see Levy hijack a move with Liverpool?
But who would you like to see replace Modric when he leaves for Madrid?
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