Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp says Chelsea's latest offer of £27 million for Luka Modric is "way under" the midfielder's true value, and the player will now fly to South Africa for the club's pre-season tour.
Chelsea lodged their second bid, an increase of £5 milllion on their opening offer, on Monday evening. But Spurs are steadfast in their view that the player stays at White Hart Lane unless the bid is upped dramatically.
It is thought that Spurs are holding out for a figure closer to £40 million for Modric, thought their resolve would be tested should the Croatia international hand in an official transfer request.
"We don't want to sell him, obviously," he told Sky Sports News. "I still think £27 million is a pretty poor offer for a player of that ability. It's way under. It's not anywhere near what I'd value him at if he was for sale, but he's not for sale. That's the end of it, the chairman's made his stance and that's it."
When asked whether the club's position would change if the bid reached £30 million, he said: "I don't think so. I honestly value him at way, way in excess of that. Even if they offered that the chairman has said he's not for sale."
Modric had said he has no plans to ask to leave the club in writing, but that position has changed and if he is still a Spurs player next month he may be left with no other option.
"I wouldn't have thought it would have an affect on the situation," Redknapp insisted. "He's off tomorrow [to South Africa]. He's the last lad in the world that would ever cause a problem. He hasn't got it in him to be nasty, he's a nice lad. I've come across players who would want to go who would be a real problem, but that's not his nature."
"He is not a trouble-maker in any way shape or form. He has come in, trained great (on Tuesday). That's how he is. He will just get on with his job and we will just wait and see what happens. We really don't want to lose him because he is a key player for us."
Tottenham's Premier League campaign begins with a home game against Everton on August 13 and Redknapp is keeping his fingers crossed that the time away in South Africa will diffuse the situation. He said: "I would think so. Get away and get on with football now, come back and hopefully he'll be ready for the season."
The squad will set off for South Africa on Wednesday.