As Chelsea went up the steps of the Allianz Arena to collect their Champions League trophy last night, the stars of North London had to rethink their future as Spurs saw their fourth place prize be taken out of their hands.
With the two biggest clubs in the world being rumoured to buy their two biggest stars, is it just a waiting game before Tottenham Hotspur say goodbye to Luka Modric and Gareth Bale?
The Daily Star are reporting that Real Madrid are lining up a £35 million offer for Luka Modric in aim to lure him away from White Hart Lane and other clubs who have also been interested in signing the Croatian, including Manchester United, Chelsea and even AC Milan.
With Modric declaring his interest to move clubs last summer and a year on and still failing to reach the most prestigious tournament in Europe, it is an inevitable waiting game to see when and who steals Modric away from Spurs. But with Modric contracted to the club until 2016 and the Chairman, Daniel Levy, rejecting £40 million for Modric last season, will the La Liga champions be able to tempt Levy and see Modric move away from London to sunny Madrid?
Even the La Liga runners up are looking at a Spurs star, with Gareth Bale topping their transfer list for the forthcoming window. The Telegraph have reported,
“Barcelona are confident that Bale will become involved in the negotiation, following the examples of Mascherano in 2010 in getting out of Liverpool, and Cesc Fábregas, in 2011 in leaving Arsenal.”
Does this mean that Bale will leave Tottenham due to the absence of Champions League football?
Well, not really. At the young age of 22 and being a key member of the Spurs squad, it would take a lot for Bale to leave. Playing in his most desired position of left midfield where he obtained international stardom versus Inter Milan at the San Siro, Bale would have to sacrifice this all to replace Barcelona’s left back, Abidal, who recently retired from football and therefore would restrict Bale’s adored attacking style of play.
So what does this mean for Spurs and their fans?
Even though the rumours will continue to circulate all summer long, it is extremely unlikely a mass exodus will take place in North London.
Even if Modric or Bale do leave White Hart Lane this summer against the Chairman’s reassurances, the club can simply not afford to get rid of both their star players this summer.
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