Chelsea are preparing another bid for Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric, which will this time include a player exchange involving Yossi Benayoun reports the Daily Mail.
Having failed with two attempts to land Modric, with straight cash offers amounting to £22million and £27million respectively, the Blues will now change their tact as they offer the Israeli midfielder as bait to broker a deal.
Benayoun moved to Stamford Bridge from Liverpool last year, but barely featured for Chelsea, making only a solitary league start for the Blues in a season wrecked by a heel injury.
Having impressed in pre-season under the watchful eye of Andre Villas-Boas, it is perhaps surprising that Benayoun has been linked with the exit door.
But it also highlights just how highly Chelsea rate Modric, who has already expressed an interest in leaving White Hart Lane this summer.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is desperate to keep his star turn in north London, but is a known admirer of Benayoun having tried to sign him for Tottenham when he joined Chelsea last year.
The revised offer may be more appealing to both parties, as Chelsea would not need to part with any more cash than already offered, while Spurs will have a ready-made replacement for the departing Modric in the form of Benayoun.
With his midfield options already depleted ahead of the new campaign, Redknapp will certainly look more fondly on a player-plus-cash deal, after Sandro's injury sustained on Copa America duty with Brazil, and news that Steven Pienaar will miss the first six weeks of Tottenham's season after undergoing groin surgery.
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