With each transfer window it is inevitable for a player who has enjoyed a successful campaign to be targeted by the biggest and best clubs. Last summer, Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas looked destined to depart the Emirates for the glory of Barcelona, whilst this summer, Frenchman Samir Nasri is under intense speculation after his strong season for the Gunners.
Another player who has endured a whirlwind of speculations and headlines is Tottenham star Luka Modric. The coveted Croatian has enjoyed three strong seasons with the London club since joining from Dinamo Zagreb for £16.5 million; he has now become one of the most chased targets in the English Premier League.
A diminutive dynamo who is blessed with outstanding pace, work ethic and vision alongside a sublime passing range, the 25-year-old commanded a £22 million bid from Chelsea, which was subsequently rejected by Harry Redknapp. Furthermore, Manchester United and Manchester City have both expressed heavy desires to secure the Croatia international.
Tottenham have audaciously stated that an offer will have to be over £50 million to prize their fearless midfielder away, but it is believed that Modric is unhappy with the wage he is receiving at White Hart Lane. Chelsea, Manchester United and City are all capable of offering considerably higher than his £45,000 per week wage.
Tottenham are said to be willing to break their wage structure in order to satisfy Modric by offering a £75,000 per week wage; however, it is still unclear what will occur for the Croatian. Modric possesses the desire to continue playing UEFA Champions League football, something Tottenham fail to offer after their poor conclusion to 2010-11. The previously mentioned giants can all offer this luxury.
With the future of Modric so unclear, Bleacher Report established 10 bold predictions that will occur during this summer's transfer window for the diminutive playmaker.
It is certain that by the conclusion of the summer transfer window, Luka Modric will be earning significantly higher wages. Tottenham are willing to increase his wage to £75,000, a minor indication of just how desperate Harry Redknapp is to keep his attacking gem.
However, with Chelsea and Manchester City capable of tempting Modric with almost double that, this could play a major factor in the Croatian opting to depart White Hart Lane. The 25-year-old has amassed 118 appearances and 12 goals in the last three seasons for Tottenham and is widely regarded as one of the fittest and most creative players in World Football.
For a player that has progressed and impacted the London giants so strongly, he is certain to force Redknapp to offer an even higher wage in order to maintain Modric's presence. If not, Chelsea and Manchester City are likely to offer a wage that will ensure Luka Modric is one of the highest earners in the English Premier League.
Barcelona's main priority this summer is to finally secure the services of former youth and current Arsenal captain Cesc Fabrgeas. The European kings have attempted for almost half a decade to try and regain the 24-year-old's presence in Spain permanently. It appeared last summer that a £35 million bid would transpire, yet Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger managed to keep his playmaker.
This summer, Barcelona have stated that the Spaniard is worth less, but they still have high intentions to sign Fabregas. It is inevitable that the Arsenal captain will eventually depart North London for the Camp Nou, but Wenger may aim to keep Fabregas for at least two more seasons. In this case, it is likely that Barcelona will turn their attention to Modric.
The Spanish giants have previously expressed interest in the Tottenham midfielder and were readying a £33 million bid last year for the Croatian.
It's bold, but it appears more likely than not that Luka Modric's tenure at White Hart Lane will conclude. Despite Tottenham's immense desire to continue Modric's blossoming career, Modric is destined for an exit due to their inability to provide UEFA Champions League football and sufficiently challenge for English Premier League success—not to mention a lacking wage increase.
The Croatian himself is showing tentative signs about remaining at Tottenham, which is an unappealing sign. Although he has stated his intentions to succeed with the club that brought him to the English Premier League, the temptations from abroad should finally amount and conquer the Croatian.
If Tottenham are serious about the £50 million price tag for their midfield sensation, then it is likely that the sides interested will offer a fee alongside a player. With such a high fee instilled for the Croatian, it appears only logical for clubs to tempt Tottenham with high calibre players.
Harry Redknapp is eager to secure the services of a quality centre half alongside the inevitable prospect of replacing such an attacking spark in the Tottenham squad. Furthermore, strikers Peter Crouch and Robbie Keane are likely to depart London; a striker would also become tempting for Tottenham.
Rumours were materializing that Chelsea were considering offering renowned Ghanain Michael Essien as part of an exchange for Modric.
With the predominant attention for Modric arising from English Premier League clubs, the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan are all admirers of the 25-year-old and one cannot rule out a late challenge from the European giants.
Inter Milan are facing the prospect of losing Dutch star Wesley Sneijder to Manchester United, which could spark the Italian giants to turn to Modric as the immediate replacement. However, the club the Croatian will depart to will be in the English Premier League.
Chelsea have already put forward a £22 million offer for their London rival, which evoked fury and laughter from the Tottenham officials. However, despite stating the demand for £50 million, it is certain that Modric will not depart for that fee.
Harry Redknapp will eventually give in to the increased demands and settle on a fee, which will enable the English tactitian to target high-octane talent. Expect between £30-35 million.
To replace such an influential, hard working and creative presence will require a quality signing. Harry Redknapp is by no means short of funds and with the likes of Jermaine Jenas, Robbie Keane, Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios all rumoured with potential departures, more funds are expected to arise.
Valencia midfielder Ever Banega evokes the ideal replacement for Luka Modric. Redknapp is a keen admirer of the Argentine who has emerged as one of the toughest and most creative midfielders in the La Liga. A quick, incisive and intelligent midfielder, the 22-year-old has been touted as a rising star who will become one of the best midfielders in World Football.
Valencia are prepared to offload their consistent play maker for a price believed to be up to £15 million. Inter Milan and Juventus are also interested in acquiring the midfielder.
Luka Modric is a quality player who has thrived in the EPL. The 25-year-old has the ability to have such an influential and commanding presence on proceedings; the Croatian's passing and movement is first class.
Nonetheless, whatever the conclusion for the diminutive Tottenham dynamo, the Croatian will continue to improve as experience and desire begin to take charge. With three seasons under his belt and the ambition to succeed at the highest level, it is certain that this is a new beginning that means heavy trouble for English defences.
Manchester City's immense investment from Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan has ensured that almost every sterling performer in World Football is linked with the Sky Blues. Carlos Tevez, Yaya Toure, Adam Johnson and Edin Dzeko are but a few names of the high-calibre players City have acquired.
However, despite their ability to offer a considerable sum (and potentially the presences of Shaun Wright-Phillips or Jerome Boateng), Luka Modric will not sign for the Eastland giants. Realistically, Modric has two sides in mind as to where he wants to go, and one of them is staying at Tottenham.
The Croatian has not hidden his desire to grace the dark blue of London giants Chelsea, and as the Blues roars grow louder for Modric's presence at Stamford Bridge, Tottenham will eventually accept due to their Croatian's desires.
With the prospect of UEFA Champions League football and a significant wage increase, it is set to tip the balance for the Croatian ace. However, it will not come cheaply for Chelsea. Expect to see the likes of Michael Essien, Nicholas Anelka, Salomon Kalou or Didier Drogba included in a heft fee for Luka.