Man United & Chelsea in £48m playmaker tussle

Chelsea and Manchester United are set to go toe-to-toe for £48m-rated ex-Spurs man Luka Modric at the end of the season, according to reports from The Express.

It’s understood that the player’s wife is finding it hard to settle in Spain, which has opened up the possibility of a return to England, where the Croatian pass-master was successful with Tottenham.

Chelsea are long-term admirers of the former White Hart Lane hero and famously attempted to sign him back in 2011.

Real Madrid eventually won the battle for Modric, but Jose Mourinho – who coached him at the Bernabeu – is keen to ensure his Blues side come out on top this time around and finally get their man.

The European champions’ interest in Ramires may be a factor Chelsea could take advantage of as ‘The Special One’ looks to add more quality to his central ranks alongside Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas.

United are also in the mix, with Juventus’ Paul Pogba, another target for Louis van Gaal, set to command a fee in the region of £77m.