Old Trafford side line up moves for White Hart Lane duo.
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Bale out? Manchester United in an ‘Arry to make raid on Tottenham James Robson
Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham departure is set to spark a scramble for White Hart Lane’s biggest stars – with Sir Alex Ferguson at the head of the queue.
The dust hadn’t even settled on the stunning events in North London before questions were being asked about who would follow the manager through the exit door. Luka Modric and Gareth Bale are Spurs’ most coveted assets – and both players will need to be convinced that the club is heading in the right direction without the man who allowed both players to flourish.
Tottenham already had a fight on their hands to keep hold of Croatian international Modric after the playmaker came so close to leaving 12 months ago. But they were confident Bale would remain – even without Champions League football – given the role Redknapp played in establishing him as one of the best wingers in Europe. Without Redknapp at the helm and without a place Europe’s premier competition, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and whoever takes over as manager will have it all to do to persuade the Welsh international to resist the temptation of a major move.
Bale was not expected to figure prominently in United’s transfer business this summer, but they could be prompted into action if he looks set to move on.
SOURCE: Manchester Evening News
Man United’s interest in Luka Modric has been well documented and long running but a move to land Tottenham winger Gareth Bale is a new development and one that must surely attract Old Trafford supporters. With Harry Redknapp out of the picture and with no Champions League football on offer White Hart Lane chairman Daniel Levy has it all to do to make sure his top performers don’t form an orderly queue on their way to a mass exodus.
Sir Alex Ferguson is thought to be looking for more creativity to add to his midfield and 26 year old Croatian Modric was seen as his number one target in this regard.
The signing of Japanese international Shinji Kagawa adds a goal-scoring presence to help link midfield to attack and further interest in Modric would appear to suggest that one of Man United’s current complement of central midfielders may find themselves surplus to requirements. This could lead to Anderson be offloaded or perhaps confirmation that Darren Fletcher’s return from illness is not guaranteed.
However it’s harder to see how Gareth Bale would fit into Ferguson’s plans given the number of wingers the Scot currently has on his books. With Luis Antonio Valencia showing a real return to form last term and the likes of Ashley Young and Nani also available to field on the flanks, where would the Welshman fit? Unless of course the Man United boss is ready to sell one of those currently in his first team picture?
Moves for the Tottenham pair would come at a big expense but perhaps Ferguson has persuaded his Man United owners to dig deep in light of the spending antics of local rivals Man City and West London side Chelsea.