Luka Modric will admit to Tottenham today that he wants to join Andre Villas-Boas’ revolution at Chelsea.
The news is bound to disappoint not only Spurs but both Manchester clubs, who have their eye on the talented Croatian midfielder. Modric, however, will not be granted an easy passage out of White Hart Lane.
And, like Carlos Tevez at Man City, he may well find that leaving while under a long-term contract is easier said than done.
Last night Spurs chairman Daniel Levy insisted the club would not be allowing Modric to join their London rivals.
“I wish to make it absolutely clear, as I have said previously, that none of our key players will be sold this summer,” said Levy.
“We are building a team for the future to consistently play at the highest level and retaining quality players is crucial to that.”
He added: “In respect of Luka Modric, we are not prepared to sell, at any price, to Chelsea Football Club or any other club.
“We made our stance on this issue abundantly clear in writing to Chelsea. They chose to ignore it and then subsequently made the offer public.
“For the avoidance of any doubt, let me reiterate that we shall not enter into any negotiations whatsoever, with any club, regarding Luka.”
Meanwhile Arsenal have reluctantly agreed to let skipper Cesc Fabregas join Barcelona, but only if the clubs can agree a fee.