Five destinations for Luka Modric if he leaves Real Madrid

Luka Modric’s underwhelming start to his La Liga career for Real Madrid has him linked with a number of moves away from the Spanish champions.

A potential return to the Premier League could be on the cards with Chelsea thought to be the front-runners. The Blues were heavily linked with a move to bring him to Stamford Bridge in the summer and could re-ignite their interest once again.

However, new signings Eden Hazard, Oscar, and the impressive form of Juan Mata could mean Rafael Benitez would not require the service of the Croatian, but Frank Lampard’s imminent departure could make way for his arrival.

Manchester United, however, are in need of some creativity in their midfield. They signed Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund in the summer but his injury has meant veteran playmaker Paul Scholes has had to feature for the leaders more often than Sir Alex Ferguson would have liked.

Tom Cleverley has yet to reach his full potential and Michael Carrick has had to step up his game to fill the void of creativity, along with Wayne Rooney’s new role, dropping deeper into attacking midfield areas. They are reportedly lining up a £25 million bid.

Across town, Manchester City are also linked with an interest in Madrid’s £33 million man. Samir Nasri’s poor form and discipline has seen him fall down the pecking order and Roberto Mancini could be tempted to bring in some extra flair as they chase United for the title.

David Silva’s consistency means Modric would be unlikely to be the star of the midfield show but, nonetheless, another creative outlet could take the burden off the Spanish maestro.

Modric’s relationship at Spurs with Harry Redknapp might be enough to lure him to re-unite with his former coach to help QPR’s strugglers avoid relegation this season. I doubt the club have the financial resources to make a permanent move but a loan deal could be the best thing for all parties.

A move that hasn’t been mentioned is his return to White Hart Lane. That’s likely due to the unsavory manner in which he left Spurs but, before his transfer, he was a fans’ favourite and undoubtedly the nucleus of the team.

Gareth Bale’s rumoured exit for the Bernabeu could act as leverage for the deal to be agreed but I highly doubt he’ll return to North London.

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