Harry Redknapp admits that Tottenham Hotspur could have a better team if Luka Modric is sold to Chelsea.
The Spurs boss wants to hold onto the Croatian playmaker but believes any sale of Modric could mean the club could sign four new players from his transfer fee.
Chelsea are reported to be preparing an improved £35million offer and treble his current £40,000-a-week wages.
Redknapp said: “I want to see Luka here at the end of the window. Really.
“But if he is going to go, then you want him to go [quickly], then you get three or four players in.
“They are your options, really. Let’s be honest. You either sell him, get the money and go and bring four players in – and have a better team, in all honesty – or you keep Luka, who is a fantastic player.
“I don’t know where it will end up, in all honesty, but I know Luka will get on with it.
“You couldn’t meet a better fella.”
“It’s difficult, isn’t it?” added Redknapp. “What would you do if someone offered to treble your wages? It’s not easy for him.
“I’ve never met a nicer boy. He got a great reception last week from the fans when we played Athletic Bilbao. I think the fans understand.
“I know we we all love our clubs and people say, ‘He’s got to play for Tottenham’, but if someone comes along and offers to treble your wages and offers you the chance to play in a team that could win the Champions League, it’s not easy.
“He’s had his head turned and it’s not easy.”
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