Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has declared an admiration for Luka Modric and that has rather predictably sparked a media frenzy that suggests that the club are preparing a summer bid for our Croatian midfielder.
Here’s what Mancini actually said,
“Luka Modric is an outstanding footballer, a great player,” Mancini told The Sun.
“He is definitely one of the best in the Premier League, but it is by no means easy to get him because he plays for a big club, Tottenham. It is unlikely that they would let him leave.”
As we’ve seen many times with Harry Redknapp, a declaration of admiration for a player is one thing but it very rarely results in a bid in the way that some areas of the media are suggesting.
After the Chelsea saga of last summer however, a scramble for Luka’s signature could be on the cards again but the promise of Champions League football at White Hart Lane could go some way towards avoiding that scenario.