Sell Luka Modric to Chelsea and give me the funds to spend on new players, Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp muttered under his breath a fortnight ago. A move which could have secured the signings of multiple long-term targets and inevitably defined our forthcoming season.
Spurs have retained a midfielder with undoubted quality, but no matter how hard Modric tries to forget about his dream move to Chelsea, he wouldn’t be human if he wasn’t feeling some bitterness toward a club he will be playing for each Saturday in front of a leaky defence.
Given the injuries to players such as the influential and aging William Gallas and Ledley King, alongside an unwanted Sebastian Bassong and unproven Younes Kaboul, the arrival of Gary Cahill could have plugged a back four which has already conceded eight goals in two games this season.
The abundance of talent in Spurs midfield cannot be challenged and has been strengthened by the arrival of the Football Writers’ Association player of the year Scott Parker, who will leave behind his central midfield partnership with Kevin Nolan and join the talented Modric, Gareth Bale and Niko Kranjcar at the Lane.
Such players will provide service to Rafael Van Der Vaart and Emmanuel Adebayor, who on their day are unlikely to offer any reprieve to the opposition defence. Going forward Spurs are sound, but who will be at home when that opposition comes knocking? A lonely Brad Friedel?
What exactly would the ‘overpriced’ Gary Cahill have brought to Tottenham Hotspur? At 25 years old the Bolton Wanderers man first attracted attention of the English football’s elite teams when he earned his first England cap in June 2009 against Kazakhstan, a year which also saw him take home Bolton’s player of the season accolade. Just how much did Bolton Wanderers want for their star man? It was obviously more than we were willing to pay, but had we sold Modric, we may have got our man.
Another player that Tottenham let slip through the net included Real Madrid’s Lassana Diarra. A potential signing that Harry Redknapp had worked with closely before at Portsmouth, our manager is well aware of the qualities Diarra could have brought to the club. As for the late rumours circulating the media regarding the potential arrival of Diarra’s Real Madrid teammate Kaka, lets not go there.
You can only admire Daniel Levy’s firm stance on Luka Modric and the ultimate resistance to an attractive £40 million cheque, a move made to show the world Tottenham Hotspur are no longer the selling club of the Dimitar Berbatov era.
However, a dejected and clearly exhausted Harry Redknapp filmed leaving Spurs Chigwell training ground the other night, may have woken up this morning questioning the backing given to him by his Chairman in the latest transfer window, which only resulted in reducing Daniel Levy’s overdraft facility.
With the money from Robbie Keane’s sale used to capture Scott Parker, added to an extra £20 million coming in from the sale of Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios who departed North London for Stoke, plus the £4 million sum received from Aston Villa for Scottish right back Alan Hutton, just imagine the wheeling and dealing Harry could have done with a £64 million war chest at his disposal.
Luka Modric or no Luka Modric, a swift return to Champions League football would have seemed ever so more likely.