United upped their efforts to land Kagawa after missing out on Eden Hazard to Chelsea, but are now set to battle with their cross-city rivals, and Chelsea, once more for Modric.
Tottenham face a tough time in keeping hold of Modric this summer, with the Croatian playmaker revealing he will make a decision over whether he will leave the club after Euro 2012 amidst rumours he has already settled on leaving White Hart Lane.
With Spurs also missing out on Champions League football after Chelsea’s win against Bayern Munich knocked them down into the Europa League, Modric is increasingly unlikely to stay put, saying he was ready for ‘big tests’ last month.
That has alerted the Red Devils, along with Chelsea and Manchester City, who have all previously expressed an interest in the 26-year-old.
Chelsea had a £40 million bid turned down by Tottenham for Modric last summer while Roberto Mancini has gone public with his admiration for Modric in recent months, while United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been a keen admirer of his abilities for some time.
Modric is contracted with Tottenham until 2016 and is likely to command a hefty fee, something which could put off United, while City and Chelsea are unlikely to be flustered by a figure north of £30 million.
The Daily Mail reports that United are looking to bring Modric’s price tag down significantly before they agree a deal as they also keep their eyes open for a new left back this summer.
Spurs signed the diminutive playmaker from Dinamo Zagreb for £16.5 million in 2008.