Modric and Fellaini - Perfect for Manchester United

Luka Modric

Missing out on Cesc Fabregas could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Manchester United.

It’s become pretty clear that David Moyes wants to improve the central midfield area of his current squad, which has prompted the big money bids for Fabregas which have so far turned out to be fruitless.

That shouldn’t be seen as a dent to United’s ability to sign players, it should be seen as something positive because it allows the club to go after other players who could be just as productive, if not better.

One player who has been suggested as a possible signing in the recent past is Real Madrid star Luka Modric, considered a fallback option when compared to Fabregas but someone who could be just as effective in a red shirt.

Modric has arguably failed to fulfil his talent and potential at Real Madrid following that big money move from Tottenham Hotspur and unlike Fabregas at Barcelona, he could be deemed surplus to requirements for the Spanish side.

Modric is also arguably a more mobile player in the middle of the pitch, a better dribbler and just as effective when it comes to playing small passes in and around the penalty area, looking for ways to setup a player like Robin van Persie.

The only worry with regards to Modric is his size, because he’s a slightly smaller player than Fabregas which may heighten the need for David Moyes to offer extra protection to him in the middle.

However, it’s not as though he doesn’t know English football at all because it was his form at Tottenham Hotspur which earned him that high profile more to Real Madrid in the first place.

He’s slightly older than Fabregas and his contract expires one-year later so in terms of the physical price to make the deal happen, there probably wouldn’t be too much difference between the two.

The difference being United would most likely not have to stretch their budget to sign Modric because he can be replaced by Real Madrid whereas Fabregas is seen as a long term replacement for Xavi and Andres Iniesta at Barcelona.

Modric is a very realistic signing if United don’t get hold of Fabregas and with links still lingering suggesting United may also go after Everton’s Marouane Fellaini, they could end up making two signings, leaving themselves in a better position than had they only managed to get Fabregas for a fee closer to the £40 million mark.

The cash which would be saved from not having to stretch and make signing Modric happen could be utilised to add someone like Fellaini to the squad. Ask any United fan on the street if they’d rather have Fabregas or a combination of Modric and Fellaini and the answers should be pretty emphatic.

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