The international transfer window has not yet officially opened, but it seems that Tottenham Hotspur have already made one anticipated sale. Two other rumors, both of which should be familiar to Spurs supporters, also resurfaced on Thursday. Buckle up and prepare for the ride, Tottenham fans, because it looks like we're all in for another wild summer.
Spurs transfer rumors: Niko out
27-year old midfielder Niko Kranjcar is on his way to Dynamo Kiev. Sources such as the The Guardian and Mirror Football cited a post found on the official Dynamo website in reporting that the two teams have agreed to terms on the sale. The Guardian story reports a £5.5 million transfer fee, but it is likely that we won't know the exact terms of the deal until the transfer window opens this weekend. Spurs confirmed the deal via a short statement that was posted on the team's official website late Thursday morning ET.
While Kranjcar has been one of manager Harry Redknapp's favorites since their days together at Portsmouth, Kranjcar failed to routinely find first choice football at Tottenham due to Spurs having such midfield depth. Gareth Bale emerging as arguably the best winger in the world left Kranjcar an odd-man out, and the Croatian managed just nine Premier League starts last season.
It's no secret that Redknapp and chairman Daniel Levy will be looking to free up funds this summer to make up for the money that was lost when Spurs were relegated back to Europa League following Chelsea's victory over Bayern Munich. Rumors emerged near the end of May that Spurs would be looking to receive around £5m for Kranjcar. I would be surprised if they accepted any less for the talented Kranjcar.
Spurs transfer rumors: Latest on Luka
Luka Modric, who may submit a transfer request following the European Championship, could be a Manchester United target this summer. Both Mirror Football and the Daily Mail are reporting that United, who lost out on the 2012 Premier League title in heartbreaking fashion on Survival Sunday, are set to offer £22m for Modric's services. Levy promised Tottenham fans in a message posted on the team's website on Survival Sunday that Spurs would not be selling the team's stars this summer, but Modric's desire for Champions League football could leave Levy and Redknapp with little choice.
All reports indicate that Spurs value Modric at around at least £30m. The team reportedly turned down £40m from Chelsea for Modric last August deadline day. With Tottenham missing out on Champions League for the second consecutive season, however, Redknapp, who reportedly has a good relationship with Modric, will have to work a special kind of magic this summer to keep Luka at Spurs for another season. Redknapp and Levy may also have to offer the previously mentioned Bale a wage increase to keep him happy at Tottenham, a move that could mean Modric making an exit to a "big money" team.
Spurs transfer rumors: Remy again
It just wouldn't be a transfer window without a "Remy to Spurs" rumor. Rumors began swirling on Twitter throughout Thursday morning ET that Marseille striker Loic Remy and Spurs had a successful "initial meeting." Marseille finished tenth in the league table this past season, and they are looking to free up some cash this summer. Redknapp has coveted Remy for the past couple of years, and reports following Chelsea's win over Bayern Munich suggested that Spurs failing to earn Champions League football would not prevent the striker from making a move to White Hart Lane.
Redknapp's shaky contract status at Spurs could be a hurdle for Tottenham if they do attempt to complete this move. Remy wants to play for Redknapp, but the Tottenham boss currently only has a single year left on his contract. Spurs players such as Rafael Van der Vaart, Kyle Walker and the on-loan Emmanuel Adebayor have all praised Redknapp to reporters since the conclusion of the season, and Adebayor wants to make a permanent move to Spurs before the fall. Levy may have no choice but to give Redknapp a significant contract extension before the club is able to bring in any talent.