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Chelsea Transfer Rumors: Breaking Down What Luka Modric Would Bring to Blues

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 04: Lasse Schone (L), Niklas Moisander (2nd L) and Ricardo van Rhijn (R) of Ajax Amsterdam try to stop Luka Modric (2nd R) of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Real Madrid CF and Ajax Amsterdam at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 4, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Austin GreenCorrespondent IJanuary 17, 2013

Chelsea is reportedly looking to buy Luka Modric from Real Madrid (h/t Andrew Dillon, The Sun), a move that would ideally land them their long-term replacement for Frank Lampard.

The Blues have had their eyes on the Croatian midfielder for years now, and it appears they are finally close to landing their man. The 27-year-old was one of the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League when he was with Tottenham and looks to be a solid fit in Chelsea's lineup.

Of course, Modric has largely been a flop with Real Madrid. He has scored just one goal in 15 league appearances with the club, and he was voted the worst La Liga signing of the season (h/t The Telegraph).

Despite his recent ineffectiveness, Modric would be a good addition to Chelsea. He was clearly more comfortable in England than in Spain, as he was a major factor in Tottenham's success while he was with the club.

The lightning-quick Modric often changed the outcome of matches with his playmaking ability. He proved to be more than capable on the attack, sparking positive moves with his brilliant passing or finishing runs with perfectly slotted strikes.

With his speed and creativity, Modric often wreaks havoc on opposing defenses. He can pick apart back lines with his vision, and he can score from distance on occasion.

Modric certainly has his flaws, as he can be dominated by physical clubs. His small stature makes him vulnerable at times, and his inability to adjust to La Liga is a little concerning.

However, despite his weaknesses, Modric would be an excellent signing for Chelsea. He has proven he can succeed in the Premier League, and considering the Blues' gap in the midfield, Modric would fill a need as well.

It will cost them roughly £22 million, but Chelsea would be wise to add the Croatian.

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