The Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich tried very hard to make Luka Modric his marquee signing in the summer and offered three bids of up to £40million for the talented Tottenham playmaker, but Daniel Levy refused point-blank to sell at any price.
Now that Andre Villas-Boas is expecting Michael Essien to rejoin the Chelsea squad shortly he has decided that Modric is no longer needed at Stamford Bridge and is now looking at other areas to strengthen.
When asked if Chelsea were going to go back and try and snare Modric in January, Villas-Boas said: “I don’t think so. We are pretty satisfied with what we have got.
“We have Michael Essien returning and I think we have left that one out for sure.”
But he refused to say that he wouldn’t be trying to buy Bolton’s Gary Cahill, in fact he praised the England defenders ability. Villas-Boas continued: “I have not made any enquiry for Gary. But he is a fantastic player for the English national team and had a fantastic year last season for club and country.”
Chelsea definitely need Cahill as back up for the ageing John Terry, and as he will be available very cheaply it makes sense to bring him in as soon as possible. There is still a long season ahead…..