Luka Modric: Real Madrid Can't Let Chelsea Win Sweepstakes for Star Midfielder

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2012

GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18:  Luka Modric of Croatia waves to the fans after the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland.  (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
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Luka Modric is exactly what Real Madrid needs to maintain their position atop La Liga, and they were well on the way to landing his services from Tottenham—until Chelsea stepped in. 

Bob Cass of Mail Online recently reported that Chelsea was in hot pursuit of Modric. However, this did little to shake Real's confidence in landing the 26-year-old. 

Ashley Gray, also of Mail Online, passed along that Madrid feels good about their chances after throwing Ricardo Carvalho into the deal. They are going to have to fork over some serious coin to complete this deal, and it remains to be seen if they are willing to do that. 

Making this outpouring of cash harder is that they have some huge salaries on the books that they most likely won't be able to unload, and it's for players who will be of little use to them next year.

Now is not the time for these free spenders to get cheap. This is the time for them to build a dynasty, and Modric can help ensure that. 

Now let me just say, this team is talented. So talented that they could certainly win La Liga next year without Modric and with the all but inevitable departure of Kaka. This is a young and deep team.

However, Modric will not just boost this squad by his talent on the pitch, but because of the energy he will bring.

It is easy for a team to get a slight sense of complacency after fulfilling a huge goal, and with Barcelona looking to regain the top spot, there is no room for any let down by Madrid.  

The addition of Modric will help battle complacency from seeping in. He is a well-rounded player, but it is his ability as a playmaker that will really benefit Madric. 

Modric is technically advanced and smart. He would have an absolute field day finding Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain for scoring opportunities—and this in turn will keep those three talented goal scorers playing at their highest level. 

This is a move that would energize the team, give them a new dimension and set them on the path to perfecting a new dynamic—and that would lead to another La Liga title.