The agent of Luka Modric appears to have paved the way for his client to leave Tottenham Hotspur.
Modric is a wanted man, with Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all interested in the Croatian schemer.
Indeed, Chelsea are reported to have lodged a £22 million bid for the player with Spurs, which Lilywhites chairman Daniel Levy rejected immediately.
While the 25-year-old’s representative Nikky Vukan has conceded that it will take a bigger bid to tempt Spurs into a sale but, tellingly, suggested that Modric would be willing to leave under the right circumstances.
“Luka is happy at Spurs but if an offer came in that was acceptable to the club and player, we would be willing to discuss it,” Vukan commented.
“In my opinion, £22m is a valuation that is too low for the player.”
While Chelsea have lodged the first known bid, it is United are also in the running to land the player as a replacement for the retired Paul Scholes, with big-spending Manchester City also mulling over a move.
Should Levy decide to sell, then Spurs’ chances of clinching a spot in the 2012-13 Champions League will surely be dented.
Tottenham are 7/2 sixth-favourites to finish in the top four next season, but Redknapp believes the sale of any of his key players would prove difficult to recover from.
“If you start thinking about selling your best players, you might as well give up,” he told the Sunday Mirror recently.
“What’s the point in carrying on? It effectively sends out all the wrong signals. And, when one player leaves, the rest want to follow him straight out the door. Then you have a situation where the quality of football goes into decline and you’re going backwards on the pitch.”
But with Spurs having failed to qualify for this season’s Champions League and Modric keen to continue playing in Europe’s most prestigious club competition, Redknapp could yet have to start thinking about replacements.
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