Old Trafford boss keen on Premier League star.
Chelsea and Manchester United will battle it out for the signature of Luka Modric in January despite Tottenham refusing to sell the midfielder this summer.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy rejected Chelsea’s £40million offer for the Croatia midfielder in the closing days of the transfer window but the Blues are in no mood to give up their pursuit of the player.
However, they are set to face competition from United when clubs are allowed to trade again next year.
Levy displayed rock-solid resolve in refusing to grant Modric his wish to join Chelsea but sources at White Hart Lane fear the playmaker might get his way during the next window.
United were interested in Modric, who had made his preference for Chelsea clear because he would like to stay in London, during the summer but he was not their first-choice midfielder.
However, the 25-year-old has now moved up the pecking order. United’s principal target in that position was Samir Nasri, who chose instead to join their rivals City. They were also chasing Wesley Sneijder but when Inter Milan sold Samuel Eto’o to wealthy Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, there was no pressure on owner Massimo Moratti to cash in on the Dutchman, whose weekly wage is above £200,000.
SOURCE: Evening Standard
Whilst it would appear that Sir Alex Ferguson has no need at present to bring in midfield reinforcements it is also true that the Man United boss was very keen on adding to the trio of David de Gea, Phil Jones and Ashley Young that he picked up over the summer but simply could not agree a deal to snap up Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan, a player he clearly was interested in.
The emergence of youngster Tom Cleverley may have meant that Ferguson was not willing to go that extra mile and push on with moves to snap up the Dutch international but this source believes that the Scot will move on to Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric who has made it abundantly clear he wants to leave White Hart Lane.
Kudos to Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy for sticking to his guns and not selling the Croatian international, something that perhaps Arsenal could take note of, but perhaps by January things will have deteriorated to such a point that the North London side has no choice other than to consider offers for the 25 year old.
Chelsea reportedly offered a mammoth £40m for the former Dynamo Zagreb man and some sources have stated that Ferguson may do the same as he looks to further strengthen his squad and clearly Modric, if purchased, will add even more creativity to Man United’s midfield.
There would perhaps have been a worry before the season started that Man United did not have enough forward momentum in their midfield with the likes of Anderson, Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick not offering a direct attacking threat but Cleverley has done very well this season and the consistent displays by the likes of Ashley Young, Nani and Danny Welbeck have helped make their attack pretty much unstoppable, as Arsenal found out to their cost last week.