FIFA agent Francois Gallardo recently revealed that Modric’s wife is unsettled in Madrid - and the former Tottenham star could subsequently return to the Premier League later this year, with either United or Chelsea.
But the two interested English clubs will need to fork out a figure close to £50 million to tempt Real Madrid into selling arguably their best midfielder, according to the Express.
While Carlo Ancelotti will be desperate to keep Modric at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid chiefs may intervene if selling the Croatia international enhances the club’s chances of signing Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.
Pogba, incidentally, is wanted by both United and Chelsea - but at £77 million would cost much more to sign. Modric would be a significantly cheaper alternative for either Premier League club.
Modric faces battle to win back place
Modric’s impact at Real Madrid over the past two years has been huge. Despite a slow start to his career with the reigning European champions, the 29-year-old went on to cement his status as one of Spain’s best central midfielders.
He was also instrumental in helping Real Madrid win their tenth European Cup last May.
But despite his superb performances for the club, Modric will have a battle on his hands to work his way back into Ancelotti’s starting line-up following a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a thigh muscle injury.
The Croatian sustained the injury in November and is expected to be out for at least another month, but Real Madrid have coped extremely well in his absence, which may convince Ancelotti to cash-in if the right offer comes along.
Real Madrid have coped well without Modric
Isco, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez - Real Madrid’s current midfield trio - have all been superb over recent weeks, helping the club record 22 consecutive victories before their 2-1 defeat to Valencia on January 4 brought their fabulous winning run to an end.
Furthermore, Modric turns 30 in September, so any offers around the £48 million mark would prove tempting in the eyes of club president Florentino Perez.
Who needs him most: United or Chelsea?
Manchester United need a central midfielder of Modric’s class to help them close the gap on Chelsea and Manchester City, while Jose Mourinho signed the player while in charge of the Spanish giants, which may give the Blues the edge in the race for his signature.