Chelsea haven’t given up hope of landing Luka Modric, with incoming manager Andre Villas-Boas putting the Tottenham star at the top of his transfer wishlist, according to The Guardian.
Modric has been a particularly controversial target for Chelsea this summer, with the Stamford Bridge club making public a £22 million offer for the midfielder that was rejected by Tottenham.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy hit out at the London rivals, saying that Modric was not for sale under any circumstances.
"I wish to make it absolutely clear, as I have said previously, that none of our key players will be sold this summer,” Levy said.
"In respect of Luka Modric, we are not prepared to sell, at any price, to Chelsea Football Club or any other club.
“We made our stance on this issue abundantly clear in writing to Chelsea. They chose to ignore it and then subsequently made the offer public.
"For the avoidance of any doubt, let me reiterate that we shall not enter into any negotiations whatsoever, with any club, regarding Luka. We now consider this matter closed."
And after Modric reportedly retracted comments made on the weekend about wanting to head to Chelsea, any chance of a move to the Blues looked dashed for Modric.
But Villas-Boas is still reportedly chasing the star, and hopes that if Chelsea up their bid to a level that Tottenham can’t turn their back on, the cash-rich club can indeed land the Spurs’ prized possession.