Chelsea Transfer Rumors: Blues Have No Need to Chase Expensive Luka Modric

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2012

GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: Sergio Ramos of Spain goes in for the tackle on Luka Modric of Croatia 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 Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Croatian midfielder Luka Modric is among the most talented midfielders in the world, but the Blues do not need him in Stamford Bridge.

Talented players are never a bad thing to have, but Chelsea doesn't need anyone who doesn't play striker or right defensive back.

Modric plays neither, and therefore they have no need to pursue the Tottenham talent.

Despite that, Mirror reporter Matt Law stated on Saturday that the Blues continue to seek the playmaking attacking midfielder:

The Blues have made a fresh enquiry for the £30 million Croatian star, but he is desperate to join the Spanish champions (Real Madrid).

Tottenham’s interest in Chelsea duo Raul Meireles and Daniel Sturridge prompted the Blues to ask again about structuring a deal that would see the pair move to White Hart Lane and Modric go to Stamford Bridge.

Modric's protracted move to Real may well be in the pipeline, but The Sun reporter Steve Brenner stated on Sunday that talks between the Spurs and Madrid have hit a snag regarding finances.

Let's forget about what Modric wants for a second. Both reports reiterate the fact that he wants to join the La Liga champions.

This is about Chelsea. Despite Modric's world-class reputation, they have no need for him. Paying £30 million for a player at this point in the transfer window better be to fill a gaping hole in your lineup, but Chelsea has plenty of firepower in the central midfield.

The Blues current collection of midfield creators include Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard, Mikel and Oscar in reserve—that doesn't sound like a group that needs much help on the attack.

Chelsea could get away with bringing in another striker, but signing Modric, especially at that price, would be unwise at this point.

It's understandable that Roberto Di Matteo has interest in the Croatian talent, but money is real even for a high-budget team like the Blues. Throwing it around just for the sake of doing it at this point would be reckless and irresponsible.

There's no doubt that Modric wants to go to Madrid and he still very well could, but Di Matteo shouldn't care either way.

His focus should be elsewhere. Add a striker or an outside back, but don't add depth where depth is already in place.

Modric's ability makes him a tantalizing player for every elite team in the world, but he doesn't fit the Blues current group of players.

In this case, Di Matteo needs to let a world-class player go the other direction.