Trio in race to sign ‘new Modric’ – reports

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Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are all in the race to sign Hajduk Split star Ante Vukusic, who has been dubbed ‘the new Luka Modric’, according to the Daily Star.

Harry Redknapp reportedly sees the forward as a great addition to his forward line, and believes that so long as he can keep Luka Modric, having two stars of such quality at Tottenham will bolster the side’s hopes of securing Champions League qualification next season.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are also reportedly hoping to come to an agreement with the Croatia Under 21 international, after they missed out on securing Modric’s signature. Modric was hopeful of a move to Chelsea, but was told by Tottenham that he would not be allowed to head to Stamford Bridge this summer.


Arsenal have also been connected to Vukusic, as Arsene Wenger hopes to end the club’s six-season-long trophyless run.

But while Chelsea would be able to outbid both Arsenal and Tottenham for the 20-year-old, Tottenham may in fact have the edge in their pursuit of Vukusic, with the star idolizing Modric and wanting to follow his boyhood hero to White Hart Lane.

“Ante wants to play in England and it’s only a matter of time before he does,” a source close to Vukusic said. 

“All the top clubs already know a lot about him because of his performances for Hajduk last season.

“Comparisons with Modric are inevitable because he looks just as good as he did at the same age.”

Along with Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs, Newcastle and Everton have also been monitoring the wonderkid over the last couple of months.

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