Chelsea Transfer News: Luka Modric Worth Closer To £50m, Says Redknapp
Tottenham are set to reject a new Chelsea bid of 27 million pounds for midfielder Luka Modric, and Harry Redknapp even went so far as to say that the player was worth closer to 50 million pounds. Modric had previously come out against chairman Daniel Levy and had expressed his desire to leave the club.
Speaking to The Independent, Redknapp said that the Chelsea bid was ridiculous (a claim he had made earlier as well) and said that the Blues were quite far away from the Croat’s true valuation.
“To start with, the Chelsea offer at the moment is a ridiculous offer – and we don’t want to sell him.
“But if you are going to make an offer, make an offer. Don’t offer £22m for a player that is worth nearer to £50m.”
Redknapp stressed that there were no problems with Modric proving uncooperative on the training ground. He revealed that the player was training normally and without any fuss, and agreed that doubling one’s wages would certainly prove a temptation for anyone.
“I don’t want to sell him. He has been training as normal. He is not a boy who would cause problems; I have never had a minute’s problem with him.
“He’s trained hard today. He has got on with it. You wouldn’t meet a nicer boy. The problem is that someone has come in and offered to double his wages.”
But the Spurs manager remained adamant that they would hold on to their best players, citing the example of an ever improving Liverpool and saying that the battle for the top places was becoming harder with each passing second. He stated that Spurs risked going back to mid-table if they sold Modric and failed to adequately replace him.
“We want to keep him, I need to keep him. He is ambitious and he wants to play in a team and win something and he’s been offered fantastic wages.
“But at the end of the day we want to keep him.
“If we sell him and sign no-one where are we going? Mid-table again.
“We have to show some ambition and keep hold of them as well as signing players.
“Liverpool are looking to sign Stewart Downing. They are getting in players to go above us so even hanging on to sixth place will be difficult.
“He [Levy] will make the decision. We obviously want to keep him and that will be up to the chairman.”
It remains to be seen whether Modric remain cooperative as time passes or whether Chelsea finally come up with an offer that Redknapp considers non-ridiculous. Stay tuned for more in this regard.