Andre Villas-Boas will allow Luka Modric to leave Tottenham during the summer with Gylfi Sigurdsson lined up to replace him a Squeaky Bum Time source tells us.
Villas-Boas was installed as Spurs new manager on Tuesday and has reportedly been handed an £80 million transfer kitty to take the club back into the Champions League.
The 34-year-old’s first order of business will be to tell Croatian international Modric he is free to leave the club with Spanish champions Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United all interested although chairman Daniel Levy won’t accept less than £40 million.
It’s emerged that Rafael Van Der Vaart could also be sold with the Holland international’s former club Hamburg reported to have been in contact over a possible switch.
Selling Modric and Van Der Vaart will free up room for Hoffenheim midfielder Sigurdsson to join in an £8m deal with the North London club confident of fending off interest from Premier League rivals Liverpool.
Joao Moutinho is another possible candidate to fill the void with Villas-Boas already thought to have earmarked the man who was a key player for him when he won three trophies in 2011 at Porto.
Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen should also complete his his £9.6m move after it was was delayed following complications over claims he was entitled to a percentage of the transfer fee and will replace Ledley King as he continues to talk to the club about a new contract.
Signing a striker is also high on Villas-Boas’ agenda with Daniel Sturridge and Emmanuel Adebayor thought to be under consideration along with CSKA Moscow frontman Willian.
Levy is still trying to broker a deal with Manchester City for Adebayor after he scored 15 times on loan at White Hart Lane last season whilst Sturridge was an integral figure for the Portuguese coach at Chelsea.