As if dominating the Premier League wasn’t enough, Manchester City and Manchester United, who came first and second in the division this season respectively, look set to battle once more this summer – but this time, it’s for the signature of Luka Modric.
Modric has long been a target for both clubs in the past as well as others but it appears that the campaign just gone may prove to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
The Croatian international has long voiced his ambition to win trophies and sources say that Modric no longer feels that is achievable at White hart Lane.
Spurs will be back in the Champions League next season after finishing fourth in the English top flight but a worrying string of performances near the end of the season put that in doubt.
Chelsea reportedly had several bids for the playmaker rejected last summer, the biggest of which was said to be worth £33m – £5m short of Spurs’ £38m valuation of their star.
Harry Redknapp has so far succeeded in keeping his talisman happy and warding off interest from potential suitors but after three transfer windows of speculation, the summer of 2012 could finally be the one that sees the midfielder move on.
Manchester United could certainly justify having more reason to sign the maestro after surrendering the Premier League title to rivals City.
Tom Cleverley’s injury early in the campaign and a stomach illness suffered by Darren Fletcher meant that the Red Devils were without a recognised attacking midfielder for large periods of the campaign.
On the other hand, Roberto Mancini is simply looking to build on his 2011-12 victory and given his assets already at the Etihad Stadium, is simply looking to strengthen his options.
Should Modric leave this summer, his signature is rumoured to cost about £35m.