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Is Luka Modric Worth £35m Or More?

Written by a DBS Football guess writer – A Chelsea Fan

Luka Modric’s much publicized desparation to leave White Hart Lane for West London has been of vested interest to all Chelsea supporters, but is he really worth the £35m or more that Harry R…

Luka Modric’s much publicized desparation to leave White Hart Lane for West London has been of vested interest to all Chelsea supporters, but is he really worth the £35m or more that Harry Redknapp is demanding to “ease the pain” of Modric leaving?

A first important factor which determines this astronomical sum of money is the long term contract in which modric signed last year (2010) with the Spurs that is supposed to keep him at the club until 2016. This inevitably has risen his price considerably and is something Modric has done previously at Dinamo Zagreb. At he Croation side, he signed a 10 year contract before boarding a plane and flying across Europe to sign for Tottenham two years later. Modric’s loyalty is therefore bought into question.

His impact on the pitch may statistically be questioned when considering that in 110 appearances for Tottenham in all competitions, he has only been credited for 16 assists and 12 goals and therefore surely not justifying such a vast amount of money.

In comparison, another midfielder wanting away from North London is Arsenal’s Samir Nasri. In his 109 appearances for Arsenal he has 13 assists and 27 goals, meaning that perhaps Nasri would be a more shrewd move for Andre Villas Boas than Luka Modric.

However, it is important to note that with Modric’s slick varied range of passing, amazingly quick feet and creative ability helped Tottenham Hotspur to a credible 5th place in the Premier League and advanced stages of the Champions League and those factors cannot be put into statistics. It is these qualities that Chelsea need to acquire if they are to one again be Premier League champions.

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  1. st

    August 1, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    they only way chelsea will get him if they bid between 35-40 million and no less, if they want him bid the 35-40 million and leave it at that

  2. Emil Harusinec

    August 1, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Well as for me i will like Chelsea to go ahead and sign modric if chelsea really want to progress in champion league they should sign even more than 40 million pounds ….cos i want best for chelsea and i want to see them in a big way ..

  3. Shady

    August 1, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    he’s worth whatever Spurs say he’s worth.
    Spurs are not trying to sell him, Chelsea are trying to poach him !

    Chelsea & Man City are the ones that started paying stupid money & wages for players (and the fans are the ones who are paying for it), so they’ll have to live with it.

    dont embarace yourselves trying to get players ‘on the cheap’ now, if you want to poach players, you’re gonna have to pay more than Spurs value him at !

    • bobdole

      August 1, 2011 at 4:41 pm

      Silly money was being thrown around before the roman era, E.g Lazio in 2000. Besides it was real madrid that made the market inflate spending about 200 mill on 4 players…

  4. amf00769

    August 1, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    A player has 2 values
    If a club wants to sell a player then he is only worth what a club is prepared to pay.
    If a club does not want to sell a player then he is worth whatever his club wants

  5. sheikh352

    August 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I can’t believe anyone at Chelsea is questioning the price! It was Chelsea and Manchester United, long before Manchester City came into the money, that are responsible for the outrageous fees payable, today. For evidence, look no further than the £24.2 million paid, several years ago, for bit-part player, Shaun Wright-Phillips. Manchester United paid £28.1 million to change Juan Sebastian Veron from a great player, into a disappointing one and once his transformation had been completed, managed to offload him to Chelsea for £15 million. Something like £30 million was paid, by Chelsea, for Andrey Shevchenko, who could barely get a game, let alone score a goal.

    A few clubs attempt to live within their means, including Wigan, Everton, Blackpool, Arsenal and Tottenham. When we have an asset that one of the nouveau riche clubs are determined to get, then it is incumbent upon our management to get the absolute best price for that asset. No matter what price we put on Luka Modric’s head, it is NOT too high, UNTIL the amount demanded cannot, or will not be met by the chasing party. It’s a simple case of supply and demand. If you had a player as good as Modric for that position, then you (Chelsea), would not entertain putting in THREE bids for the player. Now, the ONLY question is: “How badly do you want him?” The fact that HE has stated he wants to go is, actually, irrelevant. We don’t NEED to sell a player who has almost five years left on his contract, as has been stated, ad infinitum, by everyone who understands the facts. If we DO sell him, we will need to replace him and modify our team to adjust to life after Luka.

  6. muser

    August 1, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    How do you put a value on 1- going back on your word that he’s not for sale and consequent loss of credibilty
    2- signalling to current and potential players that you’re more interested in wheeling and dealing for short term profit rather than building a team capable of playing in the champions league….??
    3- selling a top class player to a rival ( note the Citeh treatment of bellamy last year…)
    4 – As Harry has previously said of other clubs players “He’s their player so it’s up them if they don’t want to sell – there’s nothing we can do about it”, so now the ball’s in our court we should practice what we preach and not sell – he’s our player FULL STOP!!!

  7. Timlos

    August 1, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    The bottom-line is that the damage has been done already. Modric has actually burnt his bridge, if Chelsea should pull out now the relationship between THL and Modric can never be the same, its like catching your wife in bed with another man. If you want to keep him against his wish good luck to you guys, I hope he does not get infected by the Gallas disease, its called ‘own-goal’iasys. All that’s going on is just posturing by everybody involved, THL knows they are going to sell, Abramovic will not leave Modric out to dry, not after showing such loyalty and intent as to hand in a transfer request. So…yawwwwnnnnn……, someone wake me after all the drama.

  8. Norman

    August 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Is Luka Moderic worth £35m? Absolutely not! I hope Chelsea realise this and don’t get mugged (again) by paying well over the odds. Modric is a decent player but he’s no Lionel Messi. Sneijder is valued at £35m and is a far better player than Modric, as are a number of others out there. I really hope we walk away from this one.

  9. Akorede

    August 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    For my own conmment modric worth 30m, curse chelsea need creative medfider by all coast if they want to compet for trophy this season even with a winger. BLUES TILL I DIE.

  10. Akorede

    August 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    For my own comment modric worth 30m, curse chelsea need creative medfider by all coast if they want to compet for trophy this season even with a winger. BLUES TILL I DIE.

  11. Kev

    August 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I would say no, he’s worth 25.
    But if Torres is worth 50 and carrol 35. Modric is worth £75 million.

  12. Gary

    August 1, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    A Chelsea revival will require more than a new manager; Chelsea must sign some young stars. A number of the ‘thirty-something’ players are off the pace and despite their last performance the team is clearly lacking players that can consistently open up defences and set up strikers. Chelsea cannot hope to compete with Man Utd and Barcelona in this state. We must stop thinking that Drogba, Lampard, Anelka, Malouda, and Terry can make the difference. They used to, but can’t anymore. There is a whole new generation of stars out there that have a lot more agility. Look what Barcelona did to Man Utd; do we seriously stand a chance against them with aging players? Come on AVB we have to move in the market!!

  13. sheikh352

    August 2, 2011 at 12:21 am


    When your club tapped-up Frank Arnesen, whilst he was just settling into his job at Spurs, his “big thing” was going to be to identify and develop young talent, at Chelsea…a job for which he was paid an initial £4.3 million per year. That was his job. Since then, all your team seems to have done is inflate the transfer market by buying some good and some not-so-good players and putting them onto extravagant wages. Now that the time is coming for your club to start pensioning them off, where is the developed young talent that Arnesen was supposed to have identified, in order to take over from the current generation of first-teamers? It’s not there and neither is Arnesen. So, your solution is to go back into the market that you, initially, inflated for everyone else. Good luck with sustaining THAT as a business model. Hint, Blackburn did something similar in the early 90s. Eventually, Jack Walker died and now, the current owners are struggling to sell enough chickens to keep the bank from their doors. Be careful of what you wish for…

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