Luka Modric latest: Chelsea could target Croat as Lampard replacement

Luka Modric was voted worst signing of the season by readers of Spanish newspaper Marca. Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to offer him a way out.

Luka Modric left Tottenham for Real Madrid over the summer in a mega deal worth £33 million. However, he’s failed to settle which means he could be available to for a Premier League side to bring back on the cheap.

Chelsea would probably just be the favourites to sign the Croatian should he become available as they have confirmed they will not offer Frank Lampard a new contract.

Modric is the small, quick, low centre of gravity type of player which Chelsea seem to be basing a lot of their current football around and they have been linked with him in the past.

Manchester United are well positioned to make a move for him with Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs on their way out at Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson may also try to force through the move as retaliation for Tottenham’s recent signing of Ezekiel Fryers.

United could afford the transfer fee and they could afford the personal terms which are likely to be on the higher side. He is certainly good enough to replace the control and creativity which Scholes has given United for many years.

However, there us the question of pressure and Modric could struggle to settle at a huge club like United in the same way they he struggled to settle down at Real Madrid prompting this speculation.

He could even go back to Tottenham Hotspur who have struggled to replace Modric after originally selling him. Spurs have stumbled in their attempts to bring Joao Moutinho to the club but the recent signing of Lewis Holtby casts doubt over a possible move along with Modric's strike action he took in an effort to force a move.

There is also the question of the relationship between Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and Real Madrid after the two parties went back and forth in a battle over price and terms for Modric in the summer.

Spurs fans may be willing to welcome Modric back because he did not opt to go and join a Premier League rival. This would make his transition back into the North London club much easier.

Although Manchester City are not reported as one of the favourites to sign him, they can never be counted out considering their vast resources and the pulling power of their current squad.

It is though Chelsea where he appears the most logical fit; they have the resources to sign him and a ready made place in the starting XI. It may come down to a straight choice between Modric and Fellaini as to who the Blues want most in the summer.

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