Could Manchester United or Chelsea bring Luka Modric back to England?

The former Tottenham Hotspur player has flopped so far at Real Madrid, and there is speculation the English clubs that failed to sign Modric from Spurs might go in for him again.

Daniel Levy’s straightforward refusal to consider bids from English clubs for Luka Modric was viewed by many at the time as excellent business, especially considering the extended heartbreak Arsenal fans are having to endure watching Robin van Persie fire in the goals for their rivals Manchester United.

However it’s possible that Spurs might have just delayed the pain, as Modric’s poor start in Spain has led to Manchester United and Chelsea looking again at a move for the Croatian.

Modric was last month voted the worst Spanish signing of the season, and has come nowhere near establishing himself in Madrid’s side, starting only 11 matches so far. Whilst he was the heartbeat of the side at Spurs, his failure to nail down a starting place has meant a series of ineffective cameos in which it’s hard for a player of his type to impress.

Unless Xabi Alonso leaves, it’s tricky to see Modric guaranteed starts at the Bernabeu in his favoured position, and there’s every chance he will continue to struggle as a result. WIth that in mind, there are rumours that Manchester United and Chelsea are considering making a move to bring Modric back to England.

Manchester United’s fantastic form does not completely disguise the fact they are lacking a top class midfielder to control matches whilst Chelsea will most likely have to replace Frank Lampard in the summer, and they have been keen on signing Modric for years.

At this stage the move is a long way away from happening. If Modric was to become a regular starter at Madrid, there’s every chance his quality would sign through.

But the Spanish side have shown an inclination to cut their losses on big name signings who fail to have an impact before, with Dutch players Sneijder, Huntelaar, Van der Vaart and Robben all sold off when they were deemed surplus to requirements. If they start to take a similar view of Modric, then there’s no doubt that Manchester United and Chelsea, and indeed several other clubs, will be keen to take the Croatian.

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