Manchester United Turn To Real Madrid Playmaker After Move for Thiago Alcantara Falters

Old Trafford boss sets sights on Bernabeu midfielder.

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Manchester United are said to be back in the race to sign Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, according to the Daily Star.

The Reds are targeting a £25million deal to sign Croatian midfielder Luka Modric this week. Although manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed the playmaker remains in his long-term plans at the club, Manchester United hope to prize Modric away from the club, after they announced the £34million signing of Real Sociedad midfielder Asier Illarramendi.

United manager David Moyes is ready to accept defeat in the race to sign want-away Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara, as the 22-year old is set to join former manager Pep Guardiola at Champions League winners Bayern Munich this summer in a £15million deal, and has therefore turned his attentions back to Modric, who rejected a move to the club last summer, in favour of a move to the Spanish capital from Tottenham.

Although making over 30 appearances for Madrid last term, the 27-year old was never a first team regular at the club, often making late substitute cameo’s, and United look to pounce on the unsettled player. Moyes has also identified Italy international Antonio Candreva as a potential addition this summer. The 26-year old was hugely impressive at the recent Confederations Cup, and is also a reported target for Tottenham.

Napoli are also said to be interested in signing Candreva, but must wait until star striker Edinson Cavani completes his £54million move to PSG, snubbing interested from United, City and Chelsea in the process.

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