Chelsea or Man United… Who leads the race to sign this Galactico?

Luka Modric is a player who deserves his world class status. He might not be the most aggressive midfielder, he may not be able to run the length of the pitch in the blink of an eye, and he couldn’t really label himself an out-and-out goal-scorer, but when the mercurial Croatian gets the ball at his feet, it all starts to make sense.

The former Tottenham star, who successfully converted his Premier League form in the top-flight of the Spanish game, has continued to be a fan-favourite at the Bernabeu for his calm composure on the ball and distinctly dominant nature in the heart of Real Madrid’s midfield.

Whilst his current thigh problem has kept the tricky Croatian out of action for the past few weeks, Luka Modric has reportedly been attracting some serious interest from the Premier League with the January transfer window now upon us. Although the La Liga star is far from being ousted at Real Madrid, will the lure of the English game prove too much for Modric to turn down at this stage in his career?

The 29-year-old, who joined Real Madrid back in 2012, has so far had a resoundingly successful time in Spain. Many initially doubted his much coveted move to the Bernabeu, claiming that the Croatian didn’t quite have what it takes to step up to Europe’s highest level. They simply couldn’t have been more wrong however.

Luka Modric has become a better player during his time in La Liga. If he were to potentially make the switch back to the Premier League, we would all likely see a more defined and well-rounded version of the silky midfielder, who could continue to surprise even the most experienced in the English game. His eagle-like vision, powerful shot and impressive ball-control all go a long way in making the classy Croatian one of the most valued names in world football at the moment.

However, the impressive form of both Isco and the newly acquired Toni Kroos in Carlo Ancelotti’s current midfield, may halt Modric’s La Liga progress, and could potentially spark an end to his time with the Champions League holders should his game time start to suffer.

In line with the reoccurrence of the January transfer window, Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea are thought to be interested in landing Luka Modric should the opportunity present itself any time soon. The midfielder worked with the current Blues’ boss during Mourinho’s time in Madrid, and would certainly give the likes of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard another pair of magical feet to play with.

Although Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic have already developed a pretty solid midfield partnership down at Stamford Bridge this season, the addition of Luka Modric could only help Chelsea’s cause, even if it means some of Mourinho’s fringe players, such as John Obi Mikel, are finally moved on.

Manchester United, with their obscenely expensive summer spending habits, are another Premier League side thought to be interested in landing the Croatian. As Louis van Gaal also has a collection of strong midfielders to choose from, including Daley Blind, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata, Old Trafford would be an equally surprising destination for Luka Modric should such a deal take place. The Croatian would nevertheless fit in well at United, and likely demand a first team spot through his performances.

Whilst the Croatian hot-shot is rumoured to be valued at an overwhelming estimate of £48 million, neither the Blues or the Red Devils have been put off by steep transfer sums in the past.

Whatever the future hold for Madrid’s no. 19, expect the former Spurs man to continue his fine form on the pitch for several years to come. Whether it be in the Premier League with either Chelsea or Manchester United, or under the constant success of Real Madrid, Luka Modric will continue to be one of Europe’s most sought after and highly valued players regardless of his eventual destination.

 


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