Despite seeing two bids fail for the Croatian earlier this summer, the Blues are still keen to take the 25-year-old to Stamford Bridge but face a real battle to persuade Spurs to sell.
Having seen his team held to a 0-0 draw at Stoke on Sunday, Andre Villa-Boas admitted he needs further new faces and it’s in the middle of the park where he wants new additions.
Although chairman Bruce Buck said he was “unsure” over a further bid for Modric, his manager has left the board in no doubt as to where the team needs strengthening.
Villas-Boas said: “The sense of urgency in midfield is there. We play 4-3-3, we have a squad of 25. For you to prepare for a game, you need at least six midfielders. We only have four.”
Sunderland have vowed to 'rise again' after their relegation to League One was confirmed on Saturday afternoon.
Diego Simeone has admitted he expects Diego Costa to miss the first leg of Atletico Madrid's Europa League semifinal against Arsenal.
Brentford moved to within a point of the Championship play offs with a pulsating 2-1 win over west London derby rivals QPR.
Aston Villa kept their automatic promotion bid alive with a convincing 4-0 victory over 10-man Ipswich at Portman Road.
Middlesbrough further enhanced their quest for a Championship play-off place with a convincing win at fellow hopefuls Derby.