With the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United fans are anxious to see how the David Moyes era pans out.
One of the first tasks Moyes has in hand is to strengthen the midfield. Michael Carrick had a brilliant season in 2012, but Ferguson couldn’t find the perfect partner for him.
Tom Cleverley hasn’t matured the way he would’ve liked to, and still has a lot to learn.
Wayne Rooney was often tested out in the midfield, but the England international was clearly unhappy on being played in deeper roles.
Shinji Kagawa played just behind the striker in his Borussia Dortmund days, and wasn’t too comfortable in the midfield in his first season for Manchester United.
With Anderson also suffering from a lack of form, United don’t have many options left to fill their midfield.
Thiago Alcantara and Kevin Strootman were two players United were trying to sign in order to bolster their midfield, but with Thiago set to join Bayern Munich and AS Roma emerging as front runners to sign Strootman, the Reds might lose both their targets.
As a result, their next target should be Luka Modric.
After putting in highly impressive performances at Tottenham, Real Madrid signed Modric for £33 million in 2012.
But he has struggled to fit in there. After falling out of favour under Jose Mourinho, he’ll have to find his way back into the first-team.
And, with the likes of Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil and Kaka vying for the same playing position as his, he is likely to be sitting on the bench in the near future.
Now with Real Madrid signing Isco and Asier Illarramendi, they might look to cut their losses on the Croatian midfielder - hence he is likely to be available cheaply.
Modric would fit in perfectly at Manchester United, and with former experience playing in the Premier League, he too would relish the opportunity to get some first-team action again.
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