Manchester City are planning a £45m raid on Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric, sources around the club are quoting.
City boss Roberto Mancini is worried about the fragile nature of his midfielders, including Samir Nasri, who has been disappointing since moving from Arsenal, and has asked the board to fund the cash required to lure the Croatian to Manchester.
Modric, one of the seasons standout players, ended intense speculation over a summer switch to Manchester United last season by signing a new six-year contract at Tottenham.
That seemed the end of the transfer drama, but when Chelsea showed their hand at the beginning of this campaign, Modric’s head was nearly turned again. Spurs turned down a reported offer of £40million as they were adamant they could provide the player with a more fruitful career than Chelsea could offer. They have delivered thus far in the league, sitting five points ahead of their west-London rivals at this stage of the season.
But it is the team six points ahead of them at the top of the league who now are ready to make a play for the player. City have showed their interest and no length of contract is likely to put off the big spending Sheikh Mansour outfit on a pursuit to attract a player.
Modric must be aware that he could potentially earn substantially more than his current Spurs pay-packet with City likely to offer him in excess of £150,000 per week. Additionally, he has apparently been asking questions regarding the future of his current club that look set to lose their influential manager Harry Redknapp to the England national team at the end of the season.
Man City are ready to strike.