Why Spurs should sell Luka Modric
Chelsea’s Champions League victory had nothing to do with their destiny and everything to do with Tottenham’s perennial bad luck.
May 24th, 2012
While Gary Neville was continually repeating the point that Chelsea’s name was on the Champions League trophy and attributing their unlikely success to the powers of the cosmos, the despondent Spurs fans watching from home knew differently.
Chelsea’s Champions League victory had nothing to do with their destiny and everything to do with Tottenham’s perennial bad luck. This is something that could only happen to Spurs – the desert to follow that poisoned lasagne of a few seasons ago.
As such, I didn’t find myself heartbroken or angry as Chelsea snatched our Champions League space – merely resigned to another season much like the last one, with all the same problems.
Another season where I’ll be regularly explaining to the wife that we’ll be watching Channel Five rather than Eastenders on a Thursday night and playing all our Premier League games on a Sunday.
Another season where we’ll be unable to buy the best players who want Champions League football and will face a struggle to hang on to our stars who see their future elsewhere.
Two names who have already been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane are Gareth Bale and Luka Modric. In the case of Bale, he is still very young and has plenty of time to make the move to one of the games’ truly great clubs, as he surely will one day.
He is tied down to a lengthy contract and it would take a huge offer in advance of £50m for Spurs to consider his sale. I can’t see Bale making the move this summer, although sometimes transfers do come out of the blue – remember Robbie Keane?
I don’t think anyone would be surprised if Luka Modric was sold though. The Croatian was agitating for a move all last summer, has failed to put pen to paper on a £100,000 a week contract and looks as determined as ever to get the transfer he craves.
With Daniel Levy as chairman the one thing that can be guaranteed is that any potential sale will be on Tottenham’s terms. Modric still has a lengthy contract to run down and though the asking price would not be a prohibitive as Bale’s, there are few teams in the world who would be equipped to meet it.
In the Premier League, Manchester City, United and Chelsea have all been linked. I can’t envisage CIty seeing Modric as a priority when they have a very similar player in David Silva, while the fee might prove too high for Manchester United.
Chelsea pursued Modric all last summer, but one would expect them to be spending the bulk of their transfer budget on replacing Didier Drogba.
However, there has been another club to be linked with Modric and it’s a potential deal that could be more palatable for Spurs. Real Madrid are rumoured to be interested in the playmaker and it would make sense for Tottenham to sell him to a club in another country.
It might make footballing sense too. Do we really want to go into another season with Modric unable to play because his ‘head’s not right’? Instead of holding on to the bitter end for the biggest fee possible, we would be advised to sell Modric for a reasonable fee early on in the summer, giving us time to spend the money.
With Tom Huddlestone returning to join Sandro and Scott Parker, it’s not as if we’re short of central midfielders and what we’ll lose in guile, we might make up in physical presence. Modric is a great player, but we’ve seen better ones come and go at Spurs. Now’s the time for Modric to join that list.
Words by Dan Fitch, read the rest of his Footballscores.com Tottenham blog