Modric is back in the Red Devils’ sights this summer.
As it becomes increasingly obvious that Barcelona will not sell Cesc Fabregas to Manchester United, the Premier League champions have instead turned their attention to Real Madrid’s Luka Modric, reports the Times.
The former Tottenham Hotspur star has spent a year at the Santiago Bernabeu, but has failed to establish himself as a first team player and the arrival of Asier Illarramendi from Real Sociedad will only make that more difficult.
Therefore United, who are failing in their attempts to land Fabregas, are aiming to give Modric a get-out clause and a return to England where the midfielder shined so much before.
In four years at White Hart Lane the Croatian impressed and was a stalwart for the north London side, before a £26.4m switch to Madrid last summer after the 27-year-old essentially forced himself out at Spurs.
Yet the grass hasn’t been greener in the Spanish capital and after only 12 months Modric may have to admit a mistake was made and come back to the Premier League.
The Red Devils would certainly welcome a creative player in the centre of the field, with Paul Scholes having retired at the end of last season.
New manager David Moyes is wanting a marquee signing to announce his arrival at Old Trafford, but as yet nothing has come from the Fabregas deal or moves for Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale.
As the start of the 2013/14 season quickly approaches things are becoming slightly nervy for Moyes in the transfer market and a Modric deal is increasingly looking like the ideal solution.