Would this be the perfect January addition at Man United?

According to the Express, Real Madrid’s midfield maestro Luka Modric is unsettled at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and could be on his way back to the Premier League, with Manchester United and Chelsea both possible suitors.

Controversial FIFA agent Francois Gallardo, who has had a tendency of telling the odd tall tale or two in the past, said: “Modric is the engine of Real Madrid, but the problem it is his wife who did not fit into Madrid in Spain.”

Modric is currently sidelined after suffering with an injury setback since mid-November. Prior to his injury, the ex-Tottenham man featured regularly in Carlo Ancelotti’s first-team plans. But rumours have recently surfaced that Luka’s wife Vanja Modric is unhappy in the Spanish capital, which has reportedly alerted United boss Louis van Gaal.

On the pitch, the Croatian international is still one of Los Blancos most important players, as he remains the cog in the engine room that keeps Real ticking. He may not be as glamorous as Cristiano Ronaldo, Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez or Gareth Bale – to name but a few, but he is as equally vital, if not more so, than his ‘Galactico’ teammates.

The 29-year-old Croatian, who made the £33m move to the Spanish giants in August 2012, knows all about the Premier League after his time at White Hart Lane. Modric spent over four years with Tottenham – making 127 Premier League appearances for the Lilywhites, and netting 13 times. During his time in north London, Modric played a huge role in Spurs’ top four pushes, and was voted Player of the Year for the 2010-2011 season.

Despite Manchester United already having a huge array of attacking talent at Old Trafford, Luka Modric would be the final piece of the puzzle for United’s forward line – and he would certainly be a real coup for van Gaal’s Red Devils. Since his move to the Bernabeu, the midfield ace has developed into an even better all-round footballer, and he would slot into a United team with Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Robin van Persie and his former Real teammate Angel di Maria no problem at all.

Van Gaal’s obvious number one priority is to get the defence sorted – numerous unfortunate injuries have led to him dipping into his reserves, and relying on his youngsters far too often. But if there was one ‘luxury’ player for the United boss to pursue, surely Luka Modric would fit the bill perfectly? With the consistent Michael Carrick, who will be 34 by the time next season starts, entering the latter stages of his career, Modric would be the perfect replacement for a man who’s undeniably been a superb servant at Old Trafford since arriving in 2006.

As it stands, if the Real boss was asked about Modric, he would most certainly say he’s not for sale, and he will remain a Madrid player. But if the price is right, and the Croatian feels his future lies back in the Premier League – then Manchester United must jump at the opportunity to secure his signature.