Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric will be offered £75,000 a week to stay with Spurs, with Manchester United and Chelsea circling over the star, according to Goal.com.
As the dust settles from Chelsea making public their rejected £22 million offer for Modric, the star’s agent Mario Mamic has reportedly told Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy that Modric will stay at Spurs and issue an apology for comments he made over the weekend about moving to Chelsea.
Modric made the explosive comments on Saturday morning, telling the Daily Mail: “I want to leave Tottenham as friends. I have enjoyed my time there, but now it is right for me to look at another club.
“I want to stay in London. I am very happy here and so are my family. I like the city.
“Chelsea are a big club with an ambitious owner. They have great players and they have ambitions to fight for the title and win the Champions League.
“I hope they [Tottenham] can reach an agreement [with another club] that is satisfactory for everyone. I am on holiday, but I need to speak and to see if I can find a solution to this."
The words came as a blow to Manchester United, who have reportedly been chasing Modric for some time. But Sir Alex Ferguson was not willing to enter a bidding war for the star, with Chelsea’s offer of £22 million being knocked back.
And now, to ward off Manchester United and Chelsea from ‘tapping up’ Modric, Tottenham are reportedly offering the Croatia international a new contract with a pay rise.
Manchester United won’t be completely out of the race for Modric though, and with the side avoiding the controversy over Chelsea’s bid gone wrong, Ferguson may just be able to broker a deal if he is willing to pay big dollars for Modric’s services.