Modric tempted to stay by record Spurs offer

Luka Modric could be tempted to stay at White Hart Lane after Spurs chairman Daniel Levy reportedly ready to offer the Croatian the biggest pay deal in the club’s history in order to stave off Chelsea, who had a bid for the midfielder turned down earlier this month.

Chelsea had an initial offer of £22 million turned for the 25-year-old turned down by Levy, and are said to have offered a slightly improved figure that was also rejected by the Spurs chairman

Modric signed a six year deal with the London club last year, but has been tempted away by the promise of regular Champions League football, but both Levy and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp remain adamant that the Croatian international is going nowhere.

Now Levy is said to be prepared to offer Modric around £90,000 a week to keep him at the club – a figure that would comfortably make him the club’s highest earner.

If Spurs are able to convince Modric of their ambitions and tie him down into an even longer deal, it would represent a huge step forward for the club as they go in search of becoming an established member of the top four.

Rumours circulated last week that Gareth Bale would consider leaving the club if the skilful playmaker was sold, and Redknapp has made keeping hold of two of his leading lights as his top priority this summer.

The balance appears to have tipped slightly in Spurs favour as the bookies back Modric to stay in North London for at least another season, with football bets suggesting he will stay put for the foreseeable future.

Bookmakers see the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas as the new Chelsea boss as an indication that Chelsea may shift their focus in the transfer market, with the 33-year-old likely to be keen to pursue his own targets.

However the appointment of the former Porto boss at Stamford Bridge could spell bad news for Spurs one respect as one of the club’s main transfer targets, with football betting suggesting Radamel Falcao, will follow his former boss to Chelsea in a deal worth around £26 million.