He's staying! (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Luka Modric will not be making a move to Chelsea. This isn't because I believe Daniel Levy or because I believe Harry Redknapp. In fact, it's not a matter of believing or not believing anything. It's about time, or more accurately, a lack of time. With the transfer deadline nearing, there is no longer enough time for Modric to make it to London and get a medical before the window shuts. Math and time has ruled.
While the transfer action may be in London, Modric is currently in Croatia as he and his national team teammates prepare for Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Malta. That leaves him a three-hour flight from London.
Assume for a minute that Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea spend the next hour battling over the transfer fee, player to be thrown in and whatever other nonsense that could have been handled in the last several months, it leaves just six hours until the transfer deadline. He would have to drive to the airport and go through security. A three-hour flight later and he's landing with just one hour to go until the transfer window shuts. The drive from Heathrow to the Chelsea training ground is a bit more than 30 minutes.
By the time the medical gets underway they have just minutes to complete the medical, so while they are busy checking his blood pressure the window will shut and agreement or not, Modric cannot be registered as a Chelsea player. Back to White Hart Lane he goes to play with Tottenham until at least January.
The transfer window might not be shut yet, but the Luka Modric saga is over. Time and math have ruled.