David Moyes looks set to offer Luka Modric a lifeline from his fading Real Madrid career by taking the player to Old Trafford just a year after he signed from Tottenham Hotspur.
Moyes has been frustrated in his attempts to tempt Gareth Bale, Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara to join him at Manchester United so far this summer but a bid of £25million is thought to be enough to bring Modric back to the Premier League as Real prepare for costly negotiations to bring Bale to Spain.
Modric was not originally on Moyes’s shopping list but the new United boss has had to begin his pursuit of secondary options such as Marouane Fellaini from his former club as he looks to replace Paul Scholes at the Premier League champions.
The Scottish manager has worked all summer to bring a new creative force to United’s midfield but has been rebuffed at every turn.
The Croatian midfielder was the subject of a £22.5million transfer this time last year but has failed to land a place in Madrid’s starting team and said in January that he would welcome a return to the Premier League in the future.
Though he has spoken highly of the new management team headed by Carlo Ancelotti, the early signs are that he will not be a starter once the season begins especially if Madrid are successful in their bid to bring Bale to the Bernabeu.
Madrid have already brought in midfielders Asier Illarramendi and Isco from Real Scoiedad and Malaga respectively in deals worth over £50million combined, while Ancelotti has a strong relationship with Kaka from their time at AC Milan and is likely to prefer him ahead of Modric.
Kaka has also enjoyed a less than ideal time since signing for Los Blancos back in 2009 but Ancelotti has already said that he is happy to be working with the 31 year old once again meaning that Modric may well be surplus to requirements is Madrid can get an acceptable offer for him.
If Madrid can recoup the outlay they spent last year it will open negotiations as club president Florentino Perez knows that they will have to offer in excess of £85million to Spurs to secure their primary summer target Bale though there is also the possibility that German international Sami Khedira may be sold to Chelsea.