Brad Friedel has revealed that Spurs (33/1 To Win The Premier League) intend to keep hold of their star Luka Modric until they have found a suitable replacement for him. Modric has long been linked with a big money move away from White Hart Lane, with Manchester United and Real Madrid thought to be at the front of the pack of suitors for the Croatian. Friedel said: "Knowing the way the chairman works, if someone like Luka Modric left the club, then they would have a ready-made replacement."
Fiorentina have placed a £30m price tag on highly-rated striker Stevan Jovetic, a target for a host of Premier League clubs. Chelsea (9/2 To Win The Premier League) were thought to be heading the chase for the 22-year-old Montenegrin, but Liverpool and Arsenal have also been connected with the player.
West Ham (9/4 To Get Relegated) have also set their sights on a young striker, with two faces in particular being linked with a move to Upton Park. Young Real Madrid forward Joselu is thought to be top of Sam Allardyce's list, with Andy Carroll another long-shot option. Joselu scored 26 goals for Real Madrid B in their promotion winning campaign last season whereas Carroll has struggled to make an impact at Anfield, with Brendan Rodgers willing to accept a £20m loss on the striker. A loan deal is thought to be unlikely, with the player preferring to stay and fight for his place.
The two sides of Manchester are set to collide once more as both City and United (9/10 To Beat Everton On The Opening Day) step up their pursuit of Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder. A bid of £20m is thought to be the required level for Inter to let their man go, but both Manchester sides face competition from moneybags Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. Anzhi have made a bid believed to be around the aforementioned price level and have offered Sneijder a staggering £11.9m-a-year deal.
Robin van Persie's (9/2 To Join Juventus) future is almost certainly not in Paris, with Carlo Ancelotti's statement that PSG are not interested in the wantaway Arsenal striker. Ancelotti said: "Robin van Persie (Evs To Join Manchester City) is not our target but I think there are a number of other clubs who are interested in him," which leaves Manchester City, Juventus and Real Madrid among the favourites to sign the Dutchman this summer.