With Cesc Fabregas no longer an option for Manchester United, they have reportedly turned their attention (back) to Luka Modric.
The Real Madrid midfielder is believed to be David Moyes’ next target, and the Guardian claims an initial fee of around £25million may be offered for the 27-year-old.
Having cost Real £33million last summer, it is unlikely new boss Carlo Ancelotti will accept significantly less for a player he is a known admirer of…even with the midfield arrivals at the Bernabeu this summer.
With time running out for United to sign a new midfielder (or a player of any significant experience) before the season kicks off a week today, expect the next week to be awash with talk linking Moyes with this player and that.
Modric would be a great addition to a squad seeking midfield guile and creativity. But their pursuit of the Croatian international could prove as fruitless as their doomed attempt to bring Fabregas back to the Premier League.
Wayne Rooney has spent more time on Facebook than on the pitch this summer, and a recent post has prompted the British press to read a comment about his England manager as a sly dig towards his United boss.
Appearing on the same day as Old Trafford hosted Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial against Sevilla – a match Rooney was apparently not fit enough to appear in – the post said:
“Big thanks to Roy Hodgson for selecting me and showing his faith and support, appreciate it.
“Can’t wait to join up with the England squad and hopefully play in a competitive match, they always are against Scotland.”
The Mirror are just one of the papers to take these comments as the latest show of frustration from the striker, with the words “competitive match” seen as a direct contradiction to the claims he is unfit to play for United.
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