After failing in their pursuit of Barcelona midfielders Thiago Alacantra and then Cesc Fabregas, a familiar sense of deja-vu is starting to settle in around the Manchester United camp.
The Reds were hoping to secure the signature of their top transfer target Alacantra and while they were in contact with the Spanish under-21 international, no official approach was made and he followed former coach Pep Guardiola to Bayern Munich.
Barca have rejected three offers from the English champions for Fabregas, one breaking the club's recored of £30million, saying they are unwilling to let the Spaniard leave the Nou Camp.
The transfer sage went on for nearly two weeks and ended only two days ago. And United have already switched their attentions to Luka Modric as their next target, made a bid and had it rejected.
After re-acknowledging their interest in Modric and making a reported £25million bid, Real Madrid have stated they have no interest in letting the Croatian playmaker go.
Modric, 27, was at White Hart Lane only last year and played alongside Gareth Bale, and Madrid will be using this to their advantage as they hope to bring the Welshman to the Spanish capital for a world-record fee.
Modric didn’t have the best of seasons after only managing four goals and eight assists, and with the arrivals of Spanish starlet Isco and Asier Lllarramendi he may find himself slip down the pecking order. Competition is fierce from already teammates Xabi Alonso, Mesüt Özil and Sami Khedira.
So it looks United’s search for a creative midfielder carries on and there is a less than 30 days left to get a midfielder that will not only please the fans but do well this season as well.
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