Chelsea Transfer News: Blues Making a Splash with Croatian Luka Modric

Steven Gerwel@Steve_GerFeatured Columnist IVJune 30, 2012

GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: Luka Modric of Croatia on the ball during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Last year, Luka Modric made his intentions known by expressing disdain once Chelsea F.C. of the Premier League made a £22 million offer to the Tottenham Hotspur club for the Croatian midfielder, only to have the offer blocked.

This time around, the Spurs are still looking to retain the 26-year-old star, but it does not change the fact that Modric desperately wants out.

Modric’s desire to leave the club even caused him to miss a match against Manchester United last August. According to manager Henry Redknapp, the “injury” that sent him to the sidelines was only partially physical, but the primary concern was his head not being in the “right place.”

When athletes miss games due to internal disputes, it’s typically a tell-tale sign of looming disaster. It prevents the club from ever having a healthy partnership with the player.  

But in an attempt to avert disaster, Chelsea is once again interested in helping the midfielder transfer to Fulham in northern London.

The Blues are preparing a bid that is worth up to £36 million according to a report from

The club has obviously stepped things up from their original offer of £22 million from a year ago, which is clearly a sign of increased interest.

Chelsea had a solid 18-10-10 season, but they are looking to increase their presence in the Premier League. An acquisition such as Modric could certainly help the club take a step in that direction.

The 26-year-old Modric is viewed as a very capable replacement in the midfield for aging veteran Frank Lampard, who turned 34 just over a week ago.

Although, while the Blues view Modric as the ideal replacement for Lampard, they are not the only ones competing for his services.

Manchester United, who tied Manchester City for the best Premier League record last season (28-5-5), has also put in a bid for Modric and remains in the hunt.

Madrid has also expressed interest by offering a £40 million package that would also give the Spurs the rights to midfielder Nuri Sahin.

The competition is certainly heating up and the bids are increasing. If Chelsea wants to land the midfielder they have been pursuing for over a year, they’ll need to go all in.