After snubbing Dimitar Berbatov in the Champions League final, Sir Alex Ferguson looks set to sell the striker back to Tottenham in return for playmaker Luka Modric, according to the Daily Mirror.
Modric has seen his value go shooting up this season for Tottenham, with the 25-year-old starring in both the Barclays Premier League and the Champions League.
After Tottenham lost their coveted fourth place on the table and their chance to challenge for the Champions League trophy next season, Modric has been one of a few players to be connected to numerous moves.
Ferguson has long been an admirer of Modric, and after being given a reported £50 million budget to use on bringing new players into Manchester United, the manager has his heart set on the Croatia international.
Berbatov is reportedly desperate to leave Manchester United after not getting any game time on Saturday night, with Ferguson saying he felt the star didn’t have the experience required to nick an all important goal.
"I overloaded the bench with midfielders because I felt that was the area that was most important in terms of the way Barcelona play,” Ferguson explained.
"I gambled by selecting only one defender [on the bench] to allow me to give me as many options in midfield and the wide position with Nani. So it came down to a choice between Owen and Berbatov.
"My view on that was if you're looking for someone to nick a goal in the last few minutes of a game, then Owen's experience is why I took that decision."
But Berbatov may not feel this justifies his axing from the Manchester United squad, and with the striker worth £10 million according to the Daily Mirror, Ferguson is reportedly seriously considering offering a cash plus player deal to Tottenham to coax Modric.