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Chelsea to go through £30M barrier for Tottenham playmaker Modric

Chelsea are ready to make a new offer for Tottenham star Luka Modric.

The Guardian says Chelsea's stubborn pursuit of Modric is set to continue with Tottenham braced to receive a third improved offer in excess of £30m for the unsettled Croatia international.

Chelsea have been suitably encouraged by Modric's clearly expressed desire to move to Stamford Bridge - "They are a club all players dream of joining," he told the Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti last weekend - that they will maintain their interest in the midfielder.

There is an acceptance that theirs is likely to prove a protracted and acrimonious chase that could drag well into August, though Modric has been identified as Chelsea's principal target and will remain a priority.

Their previous inquiries - an opening offer of £22m was rejected last month, with an improved package worth around £27m knocked back early last week - had served to infuriate chairman Daniel Levy and strengthen his resolve to retain the player.

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