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Modric in transfer request threat

Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric has threatened to hand in an official transfer request if he isn’t granted permission to discuss terms with Chelsea.

 

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Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric has threatened to hand in an official transfer request if he isn’t granted permission to discuss terms with Chelsea.

The 25-year-old has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane in recent months and recently declared his intention to join the West London side following a £22m bid that was flat-out rejected.

However, both manager Harry Redknapp and chairman Daniel Levy stated their intentions to keep their star player who was awarded the Spurs Player of the Year.

Levy and representatives of Modric met last week to discuss the players’ future, a meeting that Levy told the Croat that he wouldn’t be sold for any price.

Modric now claims that the Spurs chairman went back on a gentleman’s agreement between the two and has threatened to hand in a request to force through a move to the Blues.

“If I have to, I will hand in a transfer request,” Modric said.

“I’m extremely disappointed by the way Levy talked to me. I had a cold welcome this his office and he talked to me arrogantly.

“He arrogantly let me know that he doesn’t want to know what I have to say.

“I don’t know what are the reasons for his behaviour but it’s his problem.

“I have been a loyal sportsman. I have played when injured and sick. I came back only a few days after operations.

“I did it as a professional but also as a man who wants to make his contribution to Spurs.

“Now the time has come to go my own way and I ask them to understand my situation.”

The news comes after Modric told the Croatian press that Levy threatened the want-away midfielder with reserve team football unless he honoured his contract which runs until 2016.

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Spurs boss Mourinho keen on signing Serbian ace from La Liga giants

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Mourinho is interested in signing Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic

Jose Mourinho is interested in signing Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic int he January transfer window. (h/t Express)

The Portuguese manager sees the Serbian international as an ideal replacement for the injured Harry Kane. Tottenham are short of strikers following Kane’s injury and are expected to make a move for a player this month.

The lack of a specialist striker could make the difference for Spurs in the top four race with less than half a season to play. It is debatable if Tottenham could have taken more against the likes of Liverpool and Watford if they had a specialist leading the line.

The latest name to emerge in the Spurs merry go round is Luka Jovic. The Serbian has failed to impress following his €65million move to the Spanish capital. Jovic has made 18 appearances for the Los Blancos and has scored just 1 goal and 1 assist. (h/t Whoscored)

Luka Jovic

According to Spanish outlet Defensa Central (h/t Express), Mourinho hopes to use his good relations with Real president Fiorentino Perez to leverage a deal for the striker.

An expensive mistake?

Jovic is undoubtedly a good player and has his best years ahead of him. He is unhappy at Real Madrid and could be open to a move, but it begs the question if Spurs should spend big on a player who will play second fiddle to Harry Kane once the striker returns.

Having cost €65million just a season ago, Real will expect to recoup as much of the fee as they can. Having seen Spurs balk at paying 30 million for Krzystof Piatek, it’s hard to see Levy pay more Jovic.

It makes sense for us to pursue a loan deal for the striker this month and continue to search for a financially viable alternative we can sign in the summer.

Such a deal should give Spurs the player we need, Jovic the playtime he seeks and if all goes well, Real also get an in house option to be Karim Benzema’s successor.

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The 22-year old had scored 27 goals in 48 games for Eintracht Frankfurt before moving to Real. Tottenham will hope that the player can rediscover his scoring touch with a fresh start in North London.

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Tottenham target this Algerian star to replace Harry Kane

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Islam Slimani emerges as Tottenham Hotspur target

Tottenham Hotspur are keen on Algerian star Islam Slimani to step in for the injured Harry Kane in the January transfer window. (h/t Daily Mail)

Tottenham are currently without a senior striker with Heung Son-Min and Lucas Moura having to step in for the injured Harry Kane. The lack of a specialist striker has shown, with Spurs scoring just thrice in four games following Kane’s injury.

Spurs have been linked with a plethora of strikers such as Victor Osimhen, Edinson Cavani and Ze Luis. The club looked to have been on the verge of signing Krzysztof Piatek, but it now looks like the deal is off.

The latest name to emerge is that of Slimani who is currently on loan at Monaco from Leicester City.

Islam Slimani

The Algerian has been prolific at Monaco and has scored 7 goals and 7 assists in 14 matches. (h/ Whoscored)

An ideal short term solution!

Harry Kane is the undisputed first choice when fit and it is hard to see Spurs sign a top striker who is ready to play second fiddle to the England captain.

At 31, Slimani is approaching the twilight of his career and should be open to a move to a club of Tottenham’s stature. A physically imposing player, he is capable of playing as the target man that upfront.

Not only will he get opportunities to play but will be happy to play second fiddle to Kane once he returns from injury. Slimani has played 47 games for Leicester in the Premier League and is familiar with the physical aspect of the game.

The Algerian should be able to perform for 3 seasons which also gives time for Spurs to scout upcoming talents or develop academy talents.

Aston Villa are also interested in signing the player. Monaco do have the option of signing the player at the end of his loan and may choose to exercise it. Leicester are reluctant to sell the Algerian to a direct top four rival and will prefer to sell the player elsewhere.

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Slimani has played 68 times for Algeria and has scored 29 goals. He was part of the Algerian team that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019. (h/t Whoscored)

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Tottenham boss Mourinho provides exciting transfer update on 23-year-old starlet

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Tottenham are likely to sign Giovani Lo Celso on a permanent deal

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the club are likely to make Giovani Lo Celso’s loan deal permanent. (h/t Football.London)

Lo Celso joined Tottenham on loan in August, with the option of making the deal permanent. Injuries had limited his appearances on the pitch, with him making only nine appearances for Spurs in his first four months at the club.

The 23-year-old has played in the last 6 games for Tottenham, with impressive performances against Liverpool and Middlesbrough.

Giovani Lo Celso

It appears that the club will tie him down to a long-term deal after his performances over the past few weeks.

According to the terms of the loan, the move becomes permanent at the end of the season if the club finishes in the top four. Spurs also have the option of making the move permanent in January for a lower fee.

Tottenham can activate the deal in January to sign Lo Celso for £27million as opposed to paying £34million in the summer (h/t Daily Mail).

Speaking on the midfielder’s future, Mourinho was optimistic about the deal being made permanent.

“I think Giovani is going to stay with us.”

Mourinho was also full of praise for the midfielder who scored against Middlesbrough.

“Amazing kid. Quiet. Waiting for his opportunities. Opportunities are coming step by step. I am very, very happy with him.”

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The mandatory clause to purchase Lo Celso in the summer is binding only if Tottenham qualify for the Champions League. Even then, Spurs will only be getting 80% of the player’s rights, with Betis retaining the other 20%.

Lo Celso has made 19 appearances for Argentina and has scored 2 goals. He was a part of the Argentina squad for the 2019 Copa America.

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Mourinho keen on Tottenham reunion with his former protege

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Jose Mourinho is keen to reunite with Willian at Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur are in line to secure the signature of Brazilian midfielder Willian, seven years after he snubbed a move to Spurs in favour of Chelsea. Jose Mourinho is a fan of the midfielder and is keen on a reunion with the 31-year-old midfielder. (h/t Daily Mail)

Willian’s contract at Chelsea is set to expire in the summer and the player’s future at the club remains uncertain for now. European heavyweights Barcelona, AC Milan and Juventus are also keen on the player who will be available for free in the summer transfer window.

Tottenham looked to have won the race for Willian in 2013, only for Chelsea to swoop in for the player at the last moment. The Brazilian has played 319 times for the Blues and has scored 57 goals.

The Chelsea manager at the time was Mourinho and the Brazilian flourished under this tutelage. The Portuguese also tried to sign the Brazilian during his stint at Manchester United. The addition of Willian would bring experience and quality to our richly talented squad.

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Willian in action against Tottenham (Image credit: Getty)

Chelsea are desperate to keep hold of their star man and have offered the player a one-year extension on his current deal. Willian, however, is seeking a two-year deal plus a pay rise from his £110,000-per-week wage.

Willian put in a man of the match performance in Chelsea’s victory over Tottenham last month. He scored both the goals in the impressive 2-0 win for the Blues. The 31-year-old was a member of the Brazil squad that won the 2019 Copa America.

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Chelsea are keen on retaining the player’s services and are likely to return with another offer. The Blues see him as a critical cog in their long-term plans. Willian has come into his own since the departure of Eden Hazard and has impressed under Frank Lampard.

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