Sir Alex Ferguson set to swing the axe…repeatedly.
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Sir Alex Ferguson is lining up a £35 million bid for Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric, as a replacement for Paul Scholes – according to a report in The News of the World.
The interest from Old Trafford will not suit Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, but Tottenham may be forced to give in to a big enough bid from United if they fail to re-qualify for the Champions League next season.
Sir Alex knows how difficult it will be to prise the Croatian international away from the capital, but may offer a player in part-exchange, including out-of-favour former Spurs midfielder Michael Carrick in a whopping deal which could see 25-year-old Modric tear up the six-year contract he signed with Spurs last summer.
Meanwhile Henderson has been on Ferguson’s radar for some time now, and may join the Red Devils in the summer for a fee predicted to be around £15m.
Darron Gibson, Danny Welbeck and Johnny Evans may see their Manchester United careers come to a sudden halt as one or more of them could also be included in a part-exchange deal.
With Gary Neville having retired in January and goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar set to hang up his gloves at the end of the season, Sir Alex also faces the challenge of adequately replacing them, while injury-plagued Michael Owen and Owen Hargreaves could be set for the Old Trafford exit.
Sir Alex Ferguson is never one to rest on his laurels and even though his side is top of the Premier League and still in the hunt for Champions League and FA Cup honours the Old Trafford boss is still thinking ahead and willing to clean out some deadwood before he makes a move for new additions that he feels will improve his squad and help plan for the future.
Of the six players linked with Man United exits perhaps the least surprising would be the likes of Michael Owen and Owen Hargreaves, two players who are consistently sidelined with injuries and in the case of the England international striker, his deal will simply come to an end in the summer and there is little hope he will receive a new contract.
Young academy graduates Gibson, Welbeck and Evans have all at times shown great potential during their time in the first team but on the whole they have all failed to prove themselves over the longer period and in the case of Welbeck, he would appear to be likely to complete a permanent move to Sunderland where he has done quite well.
Michael Carrick has actually had a good season all round but it seems that Ferguson is hopeful he can be used in a deal to land Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric, the Croat is just one of four targets on the Man United radar with the likes of Jordan Henderson, who has been excellent at Sunderland for the past 18 months, Everton youngster Jack Rodwell and Aston Villa winger Ashley Young.