Tottenham have a huge task on their hands this summer as Manchester United have made Luka Modric their number one transfer target. The little Croatian has been targeted by the red devils who are prepared to offer in the region of £25million to make the switch to Old Trafford.
The Manchester United boss will definitely want to enhance and strengthen his squad for next seasons campaign, and with the likes of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs getting on, Fergie clearly see’s that the 24-year-old spurs maestro as a perfect addition to the team. Even before the two sides meet this past Saturday at Old Trafford (where United picked up a 3-1 win) Fergie was full of acclaim for the number 14 spurs virtuoso. This is what he had commented in his programme notes:
“And I give you another wee man who’ll be at Old Trafford this afternoon: Luka Modric, who is playing out of his skin at the moment” – Sir Alex Ferguson
Luka Modric had a terrible start to the season when he broke his leg in August and was sidelined for several months. He made his return in December and since then has been in superb form, helping his side compete for the eminent fourth spot.
Luka Modric signed for Spurs from Dinamo Zagreb in 2008, after performing exceptionally well in the European championship with Croatia. The Croatian put pen to paper shortly after the tournament had ended, on a six-year contract in a fee worth £16.5 million.
Michael Carrick will not take any comfort in knowing that Luka Modric is being lined up this summer. Fergie seems to have lost total faith in Carrick, who has not been able to sustain a regular first team place. Harry Redknapp has stressed that he is a big fan of the out of favour midfielder. Redknapp will have a tough task in keeping the Croat at White Hart Lane next season. If he is unsuccessful and Modric decides to leave, then Redknapp will want something in return…Michael Carrick.
The news will most certainly rock the Spurs camp and especially the fans. With two games left in the premiership season, Tottenham are still well on course to clinch the last champions league spot available. Luka Modric will have to weigh up his options. A lot will depend on where Spurs finish come the end of the season. If Spurs manage to claim the illustrious fourth spot then there is more of a possibility that the Croatian wizard will stay put. However, if they end up finishing fifth, then Luka Modric could be tempted to move to the red devils next season to play champions league football.
Modric leaving Spurs would be like Steven Gerrard leaving Anfield, something unthinkable and beyond comprehension. Financially £25 million for any player is superb business, but for a team that’s seeking to play champions league football next season it may be a bad move and a step backwards.
Selling players of Modric’s quality certainly won’t go down well with the Spurs faithful. In order for a club to move forward and progress they must keep hold of their best players. There is no need for an Orchestra if there is no conductor to lead and inspire them…Modric is that man. Many Spurs fans will feel, that in order to be rated amongst the premiership elite they will have to finish in the top four this season without fail. Whatever the outcome of the Modric saga, Tottenham will still need to bolster their squad for next season’s premiership and possibly champions league campaign.
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