Last week, one of the stranger transfer rumours began to circulate, linking Chelsea and Real Madrid with a swap-deal involving Oscar and Luka Modric.
The move made little sense to either party, but the reports began following quotes from FIFA agent Francis Gallardo suggesting a move was “a possibility”.
Given Oscar’s talent and reputation in the game, swapping him for the former Spurs player did not ring true for this particular writer. And given the midfielders already at Jose Mourinho’s disposal - most specifically Nemanja Matic and Ramires – the Modric ship has surely long since sailed.
The broadsheet claims the Croatian has played a vital role not only in helping his former Tottenham teammate settle in Spain, but in helping him through the tough times earlier this season when Bale was side-lined through injury.
In fact the report claims the two players’ situations mirrored each other when they first arrived in Madrid, with both experiencing little pre-season training and both taking time to begin to influence games on the pitch.
Both Bale and Modric are now vital components in the La Liga side, and it is for that simple reason, along with the fact that Modric appears to be the support-base for one of the club’s brightest stars, that suggests the reports linking him with a move to Chelsea are little more than the unfounded gossip we can expect for much of the summer.