Chelsea have reportedly made a fresh bid to sign Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric after the Croatian's move to Real Madrid hit a roadblock at the eleventh hour.
The 26-year-old had been expected to complete his dream move to the Spanish champions but The Sun reports a recent meeting between the two clubs, meant to finalise the deal, ended in an angry exchange between Madrid boss Jose Mourinho and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, after the latter asked for an extra £2m at the last minute.
The former Chelsea manager was reportedly furious with the latest demand and is now considering pulling the plug on the deal, which means, as the Daily Mirror reports, the defending European champions are back in the frame and have submitted a fresh enquiry regarding the player's situation.
Modric was the subject of equally intense transfer speculation last year, with Chelsea the rumoured destination. The Blues had several offers turned down, including a £40m bid on deadline day. but retained their interest in the player and, at the start of the current transfer period, offered a player exchange involving midfielder Raul Meireles and forward Daniel Sturridge when reports suggested the pair had attracted interest from White Hart Lane.
However, it is understood Modric prefers the move to Madrid and has been left devastated by new developments.
"Luka is shocked by all of this. He is desperate for the move to go through and wants it sorted," The Sun report said, quoting a source close to the player.
Hamsik Loyal to Napoli
Meanwhile, Napoli attacking midfielder Marek Hamsik has stated he is happy with life in Naples and is not looking for a move away from the Italian outfit. The Slovakia international, who joined Napoli from Brescia in 2007, has long been linked with moves to either Chelsea or Manchester City.
"This is my sixth season here and I want to do well for this club. I never said that I feel like a club's symbol, but I am very happy at Napoli. I feel like home here. These fans deserve a lot and we want to give them a lot of satisfaction," Sky Sports quoted Hamsik as saying.