It is a stance that is admirable in many ways. It is also a stance that appears to be choking off any other action the club takes until the situation comes to a conclusion.
Harry Redknapp’s car-side chat that Modric was told he was allowed to go this summer is all well and quaint, but it told us zero new to the situation.
I find two things rather interesting in his quotes in The Sun.
I would not be sure Luka would start the season at Tottenham. The club would be happy to sell if they get the right money.
The first is that, within the second sentence, we have effectively arrived at the hold up: Tottenham haven’t gotten the right money.
I don’t doubt for a second that, once Real Madrid or anyone else hits the magic number (£40 million being the most commonly reported), that Tottenham will sign off on the deal, wave goodbye and immediately throw that money around at various targets.
But, as even Harry says, it’s going to be for the right money. I have already covered where Manchester United could not pry Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham’s hands until they hit the £30 million Spurs wanted.
Modric's scenario will be no different. If it was, they would have already shipped him off by now after not travelling with the squad to Los Angeles.
The chairman said to him last year ‘Give us one more season and if Real come in I won’t stand in your way.’
The second of Harry’s notes that Madrid was the club to make the swoop.
I find that odd, since Chelsea were the main players last season. In fact, Madrid was hardly linked and, after doing several searches, I cannot find anything to suggest a link last summer. (Not that there was not a link and I missed a nook or cranny)
So why is it exactly that Levy would have said to Modric that if Madrid came calling, he would not stand in his way?
I sense a hint of revisionist history in Redknapp’s mind.
Given that Madrid have been the only real players in the game this summer, I think Redknapp had “conveniently” remembered a conversation to aid Modric’s plight.
Not that it matters a whole lot outside of the public relations department anyway. Levy is locked in, and I imagine the L.A. snafu did nothing but reinforce his mindset on the matter.
However, there are downsides to this particular issue, as hinted at before.
Jose Salomon Rondon signed with Rubin Kazan on Sunday. Unless something was not reported, it seemed that Kazan threw the £10 million required at Malaga and Tottenham, who had been linked with the player, did not.
Considering that, for at least two or three weeks, Tottenham had been linked with the same level of bid for Rondon, yet never made any traction, makes one wonder exactly why that was the case.
I alluded to this earlier, but I do believe that the £50 million war-chest that Andre Villas-Boas was supposed to have was based on Modric being sold.
There are some rumors that might back that idea up.
ESPNSoccernet had the Redknapp quotes above lined up, but at the bottom of their article also threw out the idea that Hugo Lloris would be bid for once a deal was made.
The thought came from Lloris’ father, who doubles as his agent. If they had the cash, then Lloris would probably already be wearing Tottenham white.
This is why I believe nothing is happening: Modric’s cash injection is the war-chest.
And until Modric is off the club’s books, no one else will come in. Others may leave, but no one else will walk through the doors.
It is worth remembering that Jan Vertonghen was a player kicked around long before Villas-Boas became the head coach at Tottenham.
The money needed for Vertonghen was probably already allocated for and not part of the money that Modric was to be bringing in.
With all that in mind, much of the next four weeks boils down to whether or not the club can continue to hold on to their position without damaging their future chances in the upcoming league season.
Tottenham have not yet addressed their need for a forward to lead the line consistently. They have yet to lock down a goalkeeper that is under the age of 30.
They have yet to figure out what Plan B is on the chance that Modric leaves. They have yet to settle into a 25-man squad.
That are a lot of questions that have yet to be answered and will need to be addressed in the next 25 days.
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