Manchester United are preparing to make the first move for Luka Modric this summer, with the Mirror reporting they are ready to make a £22 million bid for the Tottenham midfielder.
Modric’s future has been the subject of speculation for some time, ever since it was confirmed that Spurs would be playing in the Europa Leaue next term rather than the Champions League.
The Croatian international revealed last month that he will consider his future once Euro 2012 is over, with Manchester City and Chelsea also said to be interested in securing his services.
It is Manchester United who are set to get the ball rolling however with a £22 million bid that Tottenham are likely to reject out of hand.
The Mirror reports that United are willing to go higher than that figure, but they will likely have to move significantly closer to the £40 million bid Chelsea made last season, which was subsequently rejected, in order to land their target.
Chelsea are in the midst of a spending spree and are likely to come back in for Modric, who is expected to express his desire to leave White Hart Lane this summer once the Euros are over.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has previously expressed his admiration for Modric and is expected to launch a bid when the transfer window opens later this summer as well.
The 26-year-old is contracted until 2016 with Spurs, meaning chairman Daniel Levy is expected to play hard ball and demand the highest possible fee before even considering letting one of his most prized assets go.
United are unlikely to be willing to pay the £40 million Levy is likely to hold out for if he decides to let Modric leave, putting Chelsea and Manchester City in the driving seat.