Chelsea have reportedly been told by Tottenham that they will reject a new £30million bid for Luka Modric.
Chelsea have been trying to convince Spurs to sell the 25-year-old throughout the summer and have already failed with bids of £22m and £27m.
Despite agreeing a deal for Valencia playmaker Juan Mata this week, the Blues remain keen on the Croatia international, with reports on Wednesday morning suggesting Yossi Benayoun could be offered to Spurs as a makeweight (see below).
But according to the Daily Mail, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, who has insisted all along that Modric is not for sale "at any price", has told Stamford Bridge chiefs he will not consider any offer for the midfielder.
Chelsea are said to believe this new rejection is a tactical move by Levy, with the west London club now considering making yet another improved offer which could include Benayoun.
Earlier this week, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp said he was "sure" Modric would still be at White Hart Lane when the transfer window closes on August 31st.
"The chairman has said he will look at his contract in a month or two and he’s told me he will do that," he said after Monday night's 3-0 defeat away to Manchester United.
"We want to keep him. The chairman has made a statement and said he’s not going and it will be very difficult for him to go back on that.
"It’s been a problem but hopefully it will get resolved and he will just stay and we can move on. We want to keep him here and add one or two players to him.
"I’m sure he’ll stay. The chairman has made his mind up that he’s not going to sell him and there’s no point selling him late in the window because it’s hard to get replacements and that won’t help anyone.
"He’s got confused by it all because I wouldn’t think he’s never caused anyone a problem in his life before.
"Some players can handle it and say they’re going or they’ll cause havoc. I know players that have done it.
"But he wouldn’t cause anyone a problem and I just think he’s got confused by it all.
"Let’s be truthful, he wanted to go. He’s had an offer, someone has made him an offer and he knows what he could earn elsewhere and sees it as an opportunity to move.
"He’s not been in the right frame of mind but we can’t go on like that, we’ve got to get him playing."