Here it comes again; The most tedious transfer saga of the summer is already rearing its ugly head. In the next few days Luka Modric is due to have crucial contract talks with Daniel Levy on his future at White Hart Lane.
Anyone who pays even the slightest attention to English football would have become fed up with the constant he-said-she-said during Chelsea’s pursuit of Modric earlier this year.
The recipe for this annoying transfer story went something like this; Begin with what looked like the tapping-up of Modric by Chelsea’s people, followed by Harry Redknapp leaning out a car window telling us what a ‘triffic lad’ he is, then the player saying he wanted to leave and refusing to play. Stir and repeat on a weekly basis until nauseous.
Apparently Chelsea and Manchester United are still desperate to sign him, despite the £40m price tag slapped on him in the last transfer window.
According to People Sport, the Croatian is mulling over an improved £67,000-a-week deal with Spurs but does not want to commit himself whilst Redknapp’s future is still in the balance.
Modric does not want to sign a new contract only to find out that his manager will be in charge of England after the European Championships.
It seems Redknapp and Modric’s fates are intertwined; if Redknapp is named as Fabio Capello’s successor after Euro 2012 then Modric may very well leave as well, however should the FA look elsewhere and Redknapp remains at White Hart Lane then it is much more likely that Modric will also stay.
Both United and Chelsea still want to sign the 26-year-old, who openly admitted he wanted to go to Stamford Bridge.
As neither club seem prepared to meet Levy’s valuation they may have to wait until nearer the end of Modric’s current contract to get any closer to a deal.
Given that the question over the next England manger will probably not be answered until after the European Championships in Ukraine and Poland, this story will no doubt bore everyone again well into next summer.
But if Redknapp does leave and Modric turns down this latest big money offer then the only way Levy will be able to keep him at the club this time is if he chains him to radiator.