Tottenham will reportedly sell Luka Modric if they fail to qualify for next season's Champions League, and the Croatian playmaker has been identified as the No.1 target for Manchester United this summer.
A spot in Europe's premier club competition seemed an almost certainty for Spurs in late February, as they occupied third place in the Premier League - some ten points clear of north London rivals Arsenal.
But, since then, the Gunners have enjoyed a 15 point swing to move above Spurs into third place, and the latter now face the prospect of missing out on a place in the top four.
A failure to qualify for the Champions League could seemingly prove a catastrophe for Spurs, who could stand to lose a number of key players to rival clubs.
Sir Alex Ferguson failed to sign an adequate replacement for Paul Scholes last summer after the Old Trafford legend brought an end to his illustrious Old Trafford career.
Modric, though, could be an ideal successor to Scholes, when the midfield veteran retires for a second time at the end of the season.
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