Harry Redknapp has dropped his biggest hint yet that he could be prepared to allow Luka Modric to leave White Hart Lane. Redknapp has joined the chase for highly-rated Swiss teenage midfield sensation Xherdan Shaqiri.
Previously the subject of interest from Manchester United as the player to ultimately become Paul Scholes’ replacement, Shaqiri has drawn admiration from across Europe. A move to Barcelona was mooted but with the Catalan giants all but sealing a move for Chilean ace Alexis Sanchez, it seems the Swiss international is off their radar.
Shaqiri was one of the stand out performers at the recent U-21 World Championships, an excellent solo goal against Denmark particularly catching the eye. His good form in the tournament will of course inflate his transfer fee.
Previously, there had been talk that a £6m bid would have been enough to convince FC Basel to part with the talented midfielder. However now, they are likely to hold out for at least £10m which is more than likely to be paid should a bidding war ensue.
Redknapp will be hoping to curtail such a process with a swift £10m bid. The attacking instincts and creative force of Shaqiri will provide Spurs with adequate cover for Modric should the inevitable occur and the Croatian joins London rivals Chelsea.
Though Spurs fans would of course be loath to see him go, the addition of one of Europe’s hottest prospects to the squad would make the sale a lot easier to stomach.