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Chelsea to go higher for Tottenham ace Modric after first bid refused

Chelsea will go higher for Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric. The Sun says they last night stunned Tottenham with a £22million bid for Modric - and are ready to go to £25m.

Spurs quickly rejected the Blues' opening salvo.

But Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will be sorely tested today when Roman Abramovich increases his offer.

Blues owner Abramovich wants to blow Manchester United, who are also chasing the 25-year-old, out of the water in the battle for Spurs' prize asset.

It looks almost certain that Modric, who cost £16.5m from Dinamo Zagreb in 2008, will now leave White Hart Lane and that Chelsea are favourites to sign him.

Insiders say he wants to stay in London after playing 120 games and scoring 12 goals in three seasons at Spurs.

 It's kicking off again! Click here for your No1 source for Chelsea transfer market news and gossip.

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