Kamis, 14 Juni 2012

Summer Transfer Window Euro Edition: Croatia's Luka Modric

Modric is starring for Croatia and is ready to make a move away from White Hart Lane after Euro 2012
Luka Modric is not a new name to many fans but the Croatian could very well be leaving Tottenham now that manager Harry Redknapp has been fired by chairman Daniel Levy.Modric has been pursued by the top teams in the world and a move seems like it will happen now that Harry Redknapp is gone. The world knows the type of playmaker Modric is so where will he end up at?

Manchester United
Sir Alex Ferguson has been linked with a move for the Croatian throughout this window as Modric is exactly the type of player that Manchester United needs. Modric is a playmaker in the central midfield and United were lacking that last season until they brought back Paul Scholes from retirement as he probably has one year left in his career. Modric has been in charge of the midfield for Croatia as he is a proven leader in the midfield for any team whether it be Croatia or Tottenham. Tottenham will look for a big fee in the range of 30 to 35 million euros (38 to 44 million dollars). Modric is bound for a summer and Manchester United is definitely the favorite to sign him.

Chelsea made an attempt to sign Luka Modric this past January from Tottenham as Harry Redknapp blocked any move but now, the door is wide open for a potential Modric move to Stamford Bridge. Modric would give Chelsea the replacement for Frank Lampard as Lampard is past his primeand could form a dangerous duo for a year or two in the midfield with Modric. Modric can be the man that creates the opportunities for players like Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, Eden Hazard, and Daniel Sturridge to score. Roman Abramovich wants to win more Champions League titles and Modric can definitely be another piece of that puzzle.

Manchester City
Roberto Mancini knows that Modric could form a great duo with Spain's David Silva in the center of midfield for Manchester City as they will look at bringing him to the Ethiad to keep him away from rivals Manchester United. City could have a really dangerous midfield as they can move Samir Nasri outside and put Modric inside with Silva as that would be the best midfield in the Premier League with Yaya Toure at the back as a holding midfield. This would allow City to have a 4-1-2-1-2 with Tore as the defensive midfielder, Modric as the attacking midfielder behind Aguero and Balotelli/Dzeko/Tevez, and Silva and Nasri in a wider role in between Toure and Modric. Manchester City might not be the favorite but Roberto Mancini could definitely make a move for the Croatian.

Malaga qualfied for the Champions League and their rich owners want to take Malaga to the top of the world. Malaga could use a true central attacking playmaker behind their strikers as Santi Cazorla is more of an outside playmaker. Modric would definitely get the shot to lead Malaga to the top of La Liga as it could be very similar to the rise of Manchester CIty to the top of the Premier League and that would interest Modric. Modric would get to be the star man and would get to go up against Real Madrid and Barcelona. Malaga might be a long shot but it would not be a complete surprise if Croatia's star traded Tottenham and the Premier League for Malaga and La Liga.

Update: June 16
Goal.com has reported that Barcelona is scouting Luka Modric at this year's Euros as they have had scouts at every single game he plays in for Croatia. Modric could potentially be seen as the replacement for Xavi as Modric is an excellent playmaker just like Xavi and would fit in well at the Camp Nou. Modric would have to fight for playing time as he would be fighting Cesc Fabregas most likely for a spot in the starting XI as Modric might want to go a club that can guarantee him playing time. A move to Barcelona is not out of the question but it is not that likely that Modric takes his chances without a starting XI spot guaranteed.

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