Manchester United boss David Moyes could turn his attention to Real Madrid’s Luka Modric after losing out on Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas.
Moyes is a long-time admirer of the Croatian midfielder and was linked with a move for him last month as an alternative should he fail to persuade Fabregas to join him at Old Trafford.
With that avenue now all but closed, a report in The Guardian claims the Reds’ manager is now considering reigniting his interest in Modric as he attempts to bring a top-class playmaker to the club before the close of the transfer window.
Modric, 27, did not enjoy the best of debut seasons under Jose Mourinho last year, despite featuring in 33 La Liga games, and struggled to make an impact in his first few months at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Having cost Los Blancos €35m from Tottenham Hotspur 12 months ago, it could take a bid of similar proportions to tempt the Spanish giants into parting with Modric, who matches the profile Moyes is looking for in that he has Premier League experience after spending four years at White Hart Lane.
Nonetheless, there is also a feeling at United that he lacks a certain toughness that is required for the English game, with his goalscoring record also brought into question while at Spurs, where he managed just 13 in 123 League appearances.