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Chelsea re-enter Modric race; Joao Moutinho earns Premier League interest

Chelsea have re-entered the race to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfield maestro Luka Modric, according to Express.

The Blues have already brought the likes of Marko Marin and Eden Hazard to Stamford Bridge, with Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou, Jose Bosingwa and Jacob Mellis.

Drogba, Kalou and Bosingwa surely need no introduction, but Mellis might for some.

The former England Under-19 star was sacked by the club back in March after he admitted setting off a smoke grenade at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground.

Subsequently, Mellis has agreed to take his talents to South Yorkshire to play for Barnsley Football Club, BBC Sport reports.

“I’m really pleased to have got Jacob. He’s a quality player and I’m looking forward to working with him,” Barnsley boss Keith Hill told the club’s website.

“We’re both on the same page as to what is to be expected and demanded from him.”

Now then, enough about smokes grenades.

Manchester United and Real Madrid have also shown considerable interest in Modric, but the 26-year-old has been linked with a move to west London for awhile now.

With that said, Los Blancos are reportedly only willing to offer £20 million for the Croatian playmaker, while Chelsea are preparing a £36 million bid for the former GNK Dinamo Zagreb youth star.

Furthermore, Roman Abramovich usually finds a way to get who he wants. All signs seem to be suggesting that Modric will be a Chelsea player next season.

Joao Moutinho to Spurs?

According to the Daily Mail, Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho has earned interest from the top clubs in the English Premier League following his solid performances at Euro 2012.

Moutinho has been tipped to replace Luka Modric at Chelsea, but Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and the aforementioned Chelsea also reportedly interested in the Portuguese.

The buy-out clause in the 25-year-old’s contract is a whopping £40 million, but FC Porto are apparently willing to part ways with Moutinho for £32 million.

Dos Santos nears White Hart Lane exit

Mexico international Giovani dos Santos is close to joining La Liga side Atletico Madrid for a fee of £8 million, the Daily Mail understands.

The 23-year-old is looking to rejuvenate his career elsewhere after being out-of-favor at Spurs for quite some time.

Many feel that the former FC Barcelona winger was treated unfairly at Tottenham. I agree.

No disrespect to Niko Kranjcar, but Dos Santos surely should have been ahead of the Croatian in the pecking order.

Unfortunately, Harry Redknapp did not feel the same way, spurring on the Mexican to leave White Hart Lane.

Sat 30 June, 2012
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