As the Luka Modric transfer saga continues to rumble on, former Chelsea assistant boss Ray Wilkins suggests the west London club should forget about signing the Tottenham playmaker.

Chelsea have failed on two occasions to prise the 25-year-old from the clutches of Harry Redknapp and Daniel Levy, with the Spurs hierarchy uninterested in letting Modric leave White Hart Lane.

And, although Wilkins describes the Croatia international as a 'wonderful' player, he doesn't feel signing Modric would necessarily take Chelsea to the next level.

Wilkins told talkSPORT: "Luka would be a wonderful addition to the squad, but I don't think he would improve it immensely."

The former Manchester United midfielder does, however, believe Chelsea could benefit from some new signings this summer - as long as they are Barcelona trio Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi!

"To improve the squad and make it Champions League contenders, then Xavi, Iniesta and Messi are the guys that would improve it," he added. "At the moment he would add to what is already a great squad."

Meanwhile, new Blues manager Andre Villas-Boas has rebuffed suggestions he will further damage his reputation in Porto by attempting to sign their most high-profile players.

Speculation has been mounting that Villas-Boas would attempt to prise the likes of Falcao, Hulk and Joao Moutinho away from Estadio do Dragao, but the former Porto boss claims that is not the case.

Villa-Boas instead insists that the substantial release clauses written into the contracts of Porto's top performers - with Hulk reported to have a release fee of €100 million - means Chelsea and others would be priced out of any proposed moves.

"Porto have a lot of fantastic players and top quality talent, but they are known as being one of the most expensive clubs for selling their players," said Villas-Boas after Chelsea touched down in Kuala Lumpur.

"They protect themselves with high release clauses and it's difficult for us to move into that market, into that situation."


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