One of the longest drawn out transfer saga's in football history is set to re-ignite this week as it was confirmed by The Metro amongst other sources, that both Chelsea and Manchester United are set to move in for Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric once again.
The pair were both looking to sign the 27-year-old from Tottenham in the summer, before he decided to join Real Madrid. Both United and Chelsea are long term admirers of the creative midfielder, who is yet to make any kind of impact in the Spanish La Liga.
Spanish Newspaper Marca only this week gave Modric the unfortunate title of 'The worst La Liga signing of the season', despite the Croatian International making 20 appearances for Jose Mourinho's side.
It is said that Modric has struggled to adapt to the league and life in Spain, being quoted saying that 'it is very demanding to adjust to a huge club like Real Madrid'. There will be a host of Premier League clubs ready to offer him an escape route, along with the above mentioned clubs, the blue of Manchester City are also said to have been alerted by the situation.
Chelsea are looking at potential new midfielders to bring in during this window and it is public knowledge that Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United are looking to add personnel to that area as well. It looked all but certain that Modric was a Chelsea player before he joined Madrid, instead Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was not prepared to match Tottenham's high demands and opted to sign Brazilian starlet Oscar Dos Santos instead.
The offer of a cut price Modric may well appeal to all three Premiership clubs who see Modric as an excellent talent who would add something different to their current setups. Chelsea are set to lose Frank Lampard in the summer, so this will open up another gap in their midfield, one they will need to fill this month, rather than the summer.
United have the same problem with veterans Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes both likely to retire at the end of this season, thus opening up a gap in their own midfield.