Posted by redwhiteandblues
Both players seem to be staying put, but rumors persist
Lately the transfer rumor mill has been buzzing about Chelsea’s interest in (and apparent bid for) Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric. There have also been murmurings about potential Chelsea interest in Arsenal’s Samir Nasri. As of today, both players have reported to their teams’ respective preseason training and any transfer deals appear to be off. Tottenham in particular has insisted Modric is staying. Arsenal’s stance on Samir appears less adamant, but he’s supposedly sticking around for the last year of his contract.
Still, both situations seem less than cemented. I saw a brief interview with Luka Modric on Fox Soccer Report last night and he gave the impression things are still up in the air. He also seemed slightly disappointed about returning to the Tottenham camp. Some reports say Nasri really wants to leave Arsenal, but the club is understandably reluctant to let him go. Or, maybe they’re just holding out until someone ponies up super megabucks for Nasri. Might that someone be Chelsea? Is Nasri Chelsea’s plan B since a Modric deal now seems unlikely?
I admire the way Modric and Nasri play. Either would be excellent additions to the Chelsea side, though I’m not sure there’s adequate room in the squad at the moment. Which Blues midfielder would get squeezed out if Modric or Nasri arrived? There’s a lot of eagerness to point out Lamps’ age (implying his star is fading), but he’s got a lot of good soccer left in him. I certainly wouldn’t want to see Lampard, Essien, or Malouda get more bench time.
If Chelsea could get either Modric or Nasri, I’m not sure which one I’d prefer. Here is an interesting statistical comparison between the two from last season. Judging strictly by the numbers, I might actually choose Nasri. I have a feeling there are further developments in store between Chelsea and one of these guys. July is still young, so stay tuned!
Would Modric or Nasri be a better Chelsea choice? Feel free to weigh in below…