It is thought that Tottenham rejected a £22m bid by the Blues for Croatian star Luka Modric.
Sky Sports reported last night that they had rejected the bid, at the weekend Harry Redknapp highlighted that the tricky midfielder is crucial to the team’s success next season – he even stated: “If we sell Luka we are just a selling club basically.”
Since moving to the Premiership in 2008, the Croatian has regularly impressed – so much so that he know finds himself on Chelsea and Manchester United’s wanted list.
The Blues have made the first move by putting in the offer of £22m – the rejection is not thought to have put the Chelsea hierarchy off and they are likely to return with an improved bid.
Despite being without a manager, Roman Abramovich seems happy to invest in redeveloping the squad following a season without winning anything.
Whilst London rivals Spurs managed to get to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, they failed to finish in the top four this season meaning they will have to settle for Europa League football next season.
By Scott Balaam