Paper Chase: Modric goes on strike

Paper Chase: Modric goes on strike

Published Aug. 22, 2011 12:01 p.m. ET

Each day during the summer transfer window we'll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they're always entertaining...


Luka Modric went on strike yesterday as Chelsea lodged an official £30million bid for the wantaway Tottenham star.

Gary Neville has lifted the lid on the gambling 'cancer' that hit England's chances of winning two World Cups and three European Championships.


Roberto Mancini warned the deal to sign Samir Nasri will be under threat if he plays for Arsenal on Wednesday.

Tottenham star Benoit Assou-Ekotto has told dodgy David de Gea to expect another test of nerve at Old Trafford tonight.

Arsene Wenger insists life at Arsenal is 'great' - because he has the fight of his life on his hands.

Kenny Dalglish reckons only time will tell whether he has been bold or stupid in the transfer market.

Neil Warnock says Arsene Wenger messed up by failing to sign Phil Jagielka for Arsenal.

Fabio Capello has told Arsene Wenger to start spending before Arsenal's season goes up in smoke.

Tony Pulis revealed he is bidding to sign "three or four" new players before the transfer window closes.


Arsene Wenger has finally been pushed into trying to make a dramatic splash in the transfer market. Wenger has got bids of £15million and £20m-plus respectively in for Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila and Lille forward Eden Hazard. And the Arsenal boss is also going back for another crack at Everton defender Phil Jagielka.

Wantaway star Luka Modric has been axed from the Spurs team – with boss Harry Redknapp admitting he is mentally unfit to play.

Samuel Eto'o will become the highest paid player in the world today when he completes his £25m transfer to Russian club Anzhi. And Inter Milan will now use the fee to try and sign Carlos Tevez or Diego Forlan.

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish admits he may offload £6million flop Jean Makoun.

Blackburn's under pressure boss Steve Kean is on the verge of two signings. Rovers are in talks with striker Vedad Ibisevic, 26, over a £6million deal while midfielder Simon Vukcevic, 25, was in England for a medical at the weekend.


Chelsea last night landed Juan Mata in a £25million deal.

Kenny Dalglish is considering a shock £10million move for Wolves striker Kevin Doyle.

Fabio Capello has urged Arsene Wenger to splash the cash at Arsenal.

Roberto Mancini last night warned Manchester City that their title bid could be derailed by stupid defending.


Roberto Mancini threatened to pull the plug on Man City’s interest with Samir Nasri if Arsenal play him in the Champions League on Wednesday.

“Bold or stupid” is how Liverpool’s transfer business will be assessed at the end of the season says manager Kenny Dalglish.

Chelsea are poised to pay £57million in deals for Valencia’s Juan Mata and Tottenham’s Luka Modric.


Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini last night hinted the club may abandon their bid to sign Samir Nasri if the French midfielder plays in the Champions League with Arsenal.

Luka Modric told Tottenham he does not want to play at Manchester United this evening on a day when Chelsea tabled a new £30million bid for the midfielder.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew watched PSV Eindhoven defender Erik Peters yesterday as he tries to revive a £6million deal.

Rennes director of football Pierre Dreossi last night said Arsenal target Yann M’Vila, 21, would not be sold this summer.

Olympiakos are trying to sign Aston Villa midfielder Jean Makoun on loan.

Tottenham are considering a fresh swoop for Bolton defender Gary Cahill as talks over Chris Samba have stalled.


Roberto Mancini is threatening to end Manchester City's long pursuit of Samir Nasri if the Frenchman becomes ineligible for the Champions League by playing for Arsenal in their play-off second leg match at Udinese on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger has responded to Arsenal's troubled start to the season by making a bid for the Rennes holding midfielder Yann M'Vila.


Roberto Mancini raised the stakes in the Samir Nasri transfer saga yesterday when he warned that Manchester City could turn their attentions elsewhere if the Arsenal midfielder plays in Wednesday's Champions League qualifier against Udinese and is cup-tied for the competition this season.


Roberto Mancini has warned Arsene Wenger that he risks wrecking Samir Nasri's £23million transfer to Manchester City if the Arsenal manager creates a "big problem" by selecting the midfielder for the Champions League play-off against Udinese on Wednesday.


Roberto Mancini has warned Arsene Wenger that Manchester City are likely to abandon their pursuit of Samir Nasri if the Arsenal manager elects to play him against Udinese in the Champions League this week.