The Tottenham Hotspur fans are absolutely incensed in the Transfer Tavern due to rumours which link Luka Modric with a sensational transfer to Arsenal in the summer.
Tottenham Hotspur are no strangers to controversial transfer deals, as Sol Campbell made the decision to sign for Arsenal on a free transfer in 2001 despite coming through the academy at White Hart Lane as a youngster. Campbell has been branded as ‘judas’ by supporters since he made the brazen decision to move across North-London, but the latest rumour concerning Modric’s future at Real Madrid suggests they might have to re-channel their anger this year.
According to the Spanish media outlet Don Balon (via The Daily Telegraph), Arsenal are lining up a £53 million bid to secure the services of the Tottenham legend in the summer, despite the fact that the Croatian international expressed his desire to retire at Madrid just a few months ago. A move for Modric (valued at £36 million by Transfermarkt) would undoubtedly inject some quality into Arsenal’s central-midfield which has been noticeably missing in recent years.
However, there is absolutely no way that Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy should allow this transfer to go ahead, as Spurs would hugely benefit from the return of one of the greatest players to play for the club. Pochettino currently has an array of midfielder to chose from, but not a single one of them possesses the play-making qualities that Modric provides with sumptuous class and devastating consistency.
The fact that Modric made his name in European football at Tottenham Hotspur should give him plenty of motivation to make an emotional return to the club, especially in favour of their local rivals. It seems hard to imagine that Modric would actually accept a move to The Gunners, but in the modern era money talks, so Spurs should not take his loyalty for granted when he is forced to make a decision on his future this summer.
Although Modric claimed he wanted to end his career in the Spanish capital, the fact he has already achieved three Champions League victories and a La Liga title suggests he could be open to the possibility of embarking on one final challenge before he calls time on his career. A romantic return to Tottenham would surely appeal to the little Croatian wizard, so Pochettino should hijack Arsenal’s reported bid in the summer and sign a player who could transform the clubs silverware ambitions next season.