Having lodged a 22 million pounds offer for Tottenham’s Luke Modric several weeks ago Chelsea look increasingly likely to add the creative midfielder to their squad before the end of the transfer window. Modric’s statement where he described moving to Chelsea as a ‘dream’ fueled speculation that a move is imminent, he added ‘There is no doubt that Chelsea want me – they sent a concrete offer to Tottenham…I know that the new Chelsea boss (Andre Villas-Boas) said he wants me in his team. Of course I am flattered by this interest in me – it’s a club that all players dream of joining, fighting for every competition available.”
Levy will no doubt play hardball over the transfer of the player who joined for 16 million pounds three seasons ago. Chelsea’s relatively low bid was no doubt intended to turn the players head, which it has, a bid in the region of 30-35 million pounds would probably be enough to allow Spurs to part company with Modric. Despite ‘threats’ from Levy that he’d force Modric to watch from the stands rather than sell him this seems unlikely as in the modern game player power regularly prevails with the players needs often trumping the needs of the club.
The 25 year old has enjoyed three very good seasons in the Premierleague contributing to the exciting football that we’ve often witnessed at White Hart Lane, a dynamic player with quick feet and a wonderful range of passing who can cut open even the most solid defences. One critcism of Modric can be that he does not score enough with only 9 goals in his 90 performances for Spurs, but at Chelsea this will not be an issue with Lampard chipping in with the Lions share of midfield goals.
Modric could well prove to the the final piece of the puzzle at Chelsea who have always boasted an industrial but often unimaginative midfield and have been crying out for a creative central midfielder for years. Scolari tried to remedy this by bringing in Deco but being at the end of his career he often found it difficult to cope with the pace of the Premierleague and injuries meant he was largely ineffective, something that wont be an issue with Modric a proven Premierleague playmaker.
In the big games, especially in Europe Chelsea often prove too reliant on their power and industry whilst lacking the craft to cut teams open. Mikel, who could well leave if Modric comes in does not thread killer through balls past defences, Essien who is injured again, is a good passer but is more box-to-box than a midfield creator. Chelsea have needed a player who can make something happen out of nothing for a while, and a midfield of Lampard, Essien (dependent on injuries) and Modric would provide goals, power and creativity. As well as this Ramires who finally appears to be settling will provide ample cover for Essien should his knee injury keep him out for a prolonged period.
If they do purchase Modric and Falcao they would surely have to be considered title contendors with what is already an impressive squad albeit one desperately in need of a shake up.
If Modric does not get his way and is forced to stay at Spurs Villa-Boas will likely move to raid Porto for Joao Moutinho who is of a similar mould to Modric although his impact in the Premierleague will remain to be seen. What is for sure is that if Chelsea want to challenge for honours they will need to add a creative midfielder such as Modric. Man United seem to also be in the market for a midfield playmaker with Sneijder being heavily linked to a move to Old Trafford. With United having strengthened a great deal Chelsea will need to add a winger and a defender if Alex is on his way out as is reported, it also remains to be seen how City will strengthen.
As for Spurs, if Modric leaves all will not be lost, yes he was a wonderful player for the club winning the Fans Player Of The Year Award last term, but with Van Der Vaart they still have plenty of creativity and if Bale remains fit he can add to his at times majestic form last season. Brad Friedel represents a solid acquisition to provide competition for the sometimes questionable Gomes and if Spurs can add a striker of real quality they could still seriously challenge for 4th place next season.