Old Trafford boss ready to launch bid for Croatian midfielder.
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SIR ALEX FERGUSON is set to renew his interest in Luka Modric in the hope of luring him to Manchester United.
Fergie has remained a huge fan of Modric and believes Tottenham’s failure to reach the Champions League next season could boost his chances of landing the Croatia star.
Modric is seen as the man to add creativity and goals to the United midfield as Fergie’s men look to win back the Premier League title from Manchester City.
Modric, 26, penned a new long-term deal at White Hart Lane before the start of last season and is valued in the £40m bracket.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will not be prepared to sell his star on the cheap and will dig his heels in should Fergie come calling.
United will not offer more than £30m, though, and Fergie will be hoping the midfielder can force Spurs’ hand by telling them he wants to go to Old Trafford.
SOURCE: Daily Star
As well as reported interest in Luka Modric many other Tottenham first teamers are being linked with moves away from White Hart Lane. The Daily Mail believe that Ledley King is being targeted by Reading, Rafael Van der Vaart is being tracked by Schalke, whilst the Daily Telegraph report on Barcelona’s continued pursuit of Gareth Bale and Harry Redknapp must fear that the failure to secure a Champions League spot could well lead to a mass exodus this summer.
Chairman Daniel Levy may well be looking for £40m for 26 year old midfielder Luka Modric but an opening offer of £30m may start the ball rolling and spark a bidding war for a talent that is surely being monitored by many of Europe’s ‘elite’.
Harry Redknapp could of course point out to his top talents that his North London side did indeed secure their second top four finish in three seasons and plead the case that Tottenham are still very much on an upward curve in terms of ongoing progress but that could all count for nothing if player’s feel that offers from sides who can offer them Champions League football in the short term are more worthy than staying at White Hart Lane.
Luka Modric arrived at Tottenham in the summer of 2008 and bar a couple of short term injuries has been a virtual first team ever present, notching up 141 appearances since his £16.5m move.
Sir Alex Ferguson may well feel that the addition of more creativity to his midfield could help add balance to a side that has perhaps too many ‘jack of all trades’ in their armoury. The likes of Michael Carrick, Anderson and Paul Scholes offer a great deal but not all that much in the way of end product, be it assists and goals. Youngster Tom Cleverley is a more attack minded option but is yet to put a run of regular first team action together.