Real Madrid are reportedly ready to part-exchange Lassana Diarra for Spurs play-maker Luka Modric according to The Mirror.
Redknapp has had a long standing interest in 27 year old Diarra according to the article and it is thought that Real will use that interest to secure the services of Modric this summer. Diarra featured in the Portsmouth side that lifted the FA Cup under Redknapp, so the manager knows the player well.
The French midfielder has only one year left on his contract at the Bernebeu and it is thought he is ready to leave the club for pastures new in search of regular first team football.
Levy is thought to be ready to fight to keep Modric but according to the article the player wants to leave White Hart Lane. If all the transfer rumours surrounding Modric leaving are anything to go by Spurs seem to be facing a severe challenge to keep the midfielder.
If Spurs were to let the player go to Real in part-exchange for Diarra one would assume a significant fee would also be needed from the Spanish club. This fee however is not disclosed in the piece. One would also wonder whether Modric is good enough to dislodge anyone from the Real team to attain first team football. I would suggest not.
Obviously Chelsea’s success in the Champions League final has had a dramatic effect on Levy’s post season plans. The fact that Tottenham are now bumped out of Champions League football next season will be a major negative factor when they try to sign players with the talents required to improve the squad for next season. It may also be the catalyst for the departure of star players such as Modric, Bale and VDV.
Tottenham have had some positive news with respect to Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen as the same article claims the Belgian insists he still wants to join them. It goes on to suggest the only stumbling block left to the deal is the fee Ajax are demanding. It is thought the Dutch club are looking for £12.1 million, but Spurs are adamant the value is too high for a player with just a year left on his contract. Levy reportedly held talks with the players representatives and is understood to be willing to pay a maximum of £10m.
Tottenham are also hoping that Marseille striker Loic Remy shows a similar willingness to accept the challenge of helping Spurs attain Champions League football the season after next. However this seems unlikely as the £22m rated striker rebuffed Spurs’ interest in the January transfer window to see whether or not the London club would achieve Champions League football next season or not. The fact they have fallen just short would suggest the striker will be looking to ply his trade elsewhere.
It seems that Levy and Redknapp may find it difficult to attract new blood in the wake of the disappointment of falling short of achieving Champions League football.
One would guess that the promise of Champions League football next season would have been one of the primary incentives for prospective players to come to White Hart Lane and with this no longer a consideration, one would suggest Levy may end up having to splash out more on wages and fees to acquire the level of talent required at Spurs.