• Premier League

Chelsea set to make £30m bid for Modric

ESPN staff
July 16, 2011

Chelsea are set to step up their pursuit of Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric with an improved £30 million bid.

Modric signed a six-year contract at Spurs last year, but is desperate to join the Blues and has submitted a formal transfer request.

Despite the insistence of chairman Daniel Levy and manager Harry Redknapp that the Croatia international is not for sale, Chelsea remain resolute in their pursuit of the player.

The west London club had an initial bid of £22m rejected last month, and were equally unsuccessful with an improved £27m offer last week, but Chelsea appear undeterred and will attempt to test Tottenham's resolve with a third bid.

Modric has made no secret of his desire to join Chelsea, and slammed chairman Levy last week for failing to fulfil a gentlemen's agreement. "It is a club all players dream of joining," Modric said.

Redknapp insists that Modric's desire to leave White Hart Lane does not alter their determination to keep hold of the playmaker.

"We know Luka wants to leave, so whether he writes it down on a piece of paper doesn't really make any difference to our stance," Redknapp said earlier this week.

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