Chelsea Transfer News and Rumours Saturday 12 January

Chelsea In Fresh Modric Link

Chelsea could make another attempt at signing Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric. The Blues saw three bids rejected for Modric in the summer of 2011 when he was at Tottenham. The bids were ranged from £22million to £35million but the Croatian moved to Real Madrid last August in a £33million deal which brought to an end a protracted transfer saga.

Modric admitted this week that he has struggled to adapt to life in the Spanish league though he added he wasn’t looking for excuses. He has just eight starts in La Liga for Real along with six substitute appearances for a total of 760 minutes playing time.

The Sun claims Chelsea will look to Modric as an alternative to Metalist Kharkiv’s Brazilian forward Taison who saw his dream move to Stamford Bridge collapse yesterday. The 24-year-old has moved to Metalist’s Ukrainian rivals Shakhtar Donetsk in a deal worth over £12million after Shakhtar exercised a buy-out clause in his contract. Taison was linked with an £11million move to Chelsea and was even spotted at the club’s Champions League clash with Nordsjaelland in December.

Lazio Warning Over Lampard

Meanwhile, Lazio president Claudio Lotito has suggested that any move for Frank Lampard would result in a significant reduction in his wages. Lampard, who is out of contract at Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, earns around £150,000-a-week at Chelsea.

“He would have to fit in with the economic structure we have at the club,” Lotito told Sky Sports.

“The dressing room has its own balance and we have no intention of altering that.”

Lazio’s highest-earning player earns an estimated 2million euro a year after tax – the equivalent of around £65,000-a-week gross or less than half Lampard’s wages at Chelsea.

Lazio are one of three Serie A sides linked with interest with Lampard with Inter Milan and, more recently, Fiorentina also said to be keen. There has also been interest from clubs in China and the USA while speculation has linked Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain with possible bids.

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