A training ground injury will rule Xabi Alonso out of action for between two and three months, meaning Manchester United’s chances of landing his Real Madrid club mate Luka Modric will be diminished.
Alonso suffered a broken metatarsal in his right foot this morning and mean new Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti will be without the Spaniard who has function at the heart of the team’s midfield in each of his four season since signing from Liverpool.
Madrid are also without summer signing Asier Illarramendi who is still waiting to start his Real Madrid career after signing from Real Sociedad for £35million though it is unlikely that Ancelotti will entrust Alonso’s role to the 20 year old even when he does recover from a minor muscle injury.
The veteran Italian manger will instead call on Luka Modric and Sami Khedira to function at the base of his midfield until Alonso is ready to return.
Modric has been pursued by Manchester United this summer as a back up to their failed attempts to sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona and Marouane Fellaini from Everton as new boss David Moyes is desperate to strengthen his midfield this transfer window.
Mesut Ozil has also been considered by the Premier League champions but it is very unlikely they could tempt Madrid into selling the German international.
Modric has been said to be unhappy at his role since joining the Bernabeu but is not thought to be agreeable to the idea of moving on yet unless there is a firm offer from another Champions League club in place.
Madrid president Florentino Perez would not consider selling a first team player who is admired by the manager even if United did offer a big fee for the player.
Instead the club are likely to continue their pursuit of Fellaini and Leighton Baines from Moyes’ old club by offering an improved £36million bid for the players after angering Everton officials with the £28million joint bid made last week.
The Merseyside club are unlikely to sell the players for that amount and Roberto Martinez continues to have the pair at his disposal as neither is agitating for a move despite the public nature of United’s bids.
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright called United’s most recent offer ‘disrespectful’ and says that he will not be pressured into selling his two best players.