Tottenham are becoming increasingly unsure over whether keeping Luka Modric is a good idea, Metro claims, with the London side considering a £35 million cash injection as a silver lining to letting the playmaker leave.
The Modric transfer saga has been firing up for months now, and while Manchester United were also strongly connected to the star, Chelsea have now emerged as favourites and have made multiple bids for Modic’s signature.
And today Harry Redknapp admitted that he is in a difficult position keeping Modric at Tottenham, telling reporters: "That's the risk you run.
"We can all sit here and say 'he'll be all right', but we don't know what is in his head. Who knows? None of us know how he is going to.”
Redknapp even went so far as to reveal that Tottenham could have three or four players instead of Modric who want to be at the club.
"Maybe you would get three or four players in that would make you a better team. I don't want to lose him, but if he really had his mind made up and he wasn't going to be happy, sometimes you are better off [selling because] it gives you a chance to build a stronger team,” the Spurs manager said.
The paper claims that Chelsea are considering offering a player-plus-cash deal for Modric, with Yossi Benayoun and Daniel Sturridge both considerations for such a deal.
Chelsea have this week confirmed new signings Romelu Lukaku, Oriol Romeu and Juan Mata. The Blues are still on the lookout for a playmaker, and have put three bids to Tottenham in the hopes of bringing Modric to Stamford Bridge.
And with one week to go in the transfer period, the saga will no doubt heat up between Chelsea and Tottenham, with Modric making his intentions clear to move to the Blues.