Manchester United may feel a sense of deja vu right about now following last summer's transfer window.
United are in a similar position as they were last year when Wesley Sneijder was highly linked with a move to Old Trafford. This season, the situation is similar but with a different player. United are still pursuing a playmaker, but this time it's 26-year-old Croatian Luka Modric.
United appear to be in a desperate search of a creative midfielder. Recent reports claim Modric is close to joining the Red Devils.
However, the Modric transfer saga took a new twist during the Euro 2012. Mate Bilic, a former Croatia teammate and a good friend of Modric told the press that Modric was close to agreeing to a move to Spain.
The situation may be critical for United. The Red Devils need to find another central midfielder if Modric considers moving to Real Madrid.
As of now United have Paul Scholes but the Red Devils need younger players who can help build another Champions League contender.
Apart from Modric, Sneijder might be an ideal player who can fit into United's midfield and control the pitch the way Scholes had done. Sneijder is coming off a subpar season with Inter Milan. The Italian club are planning to sell Sneijder should the Dutch star request to move on. Sneijder may be interested in leaving, as he wants to compete in the 2012-2103 Champions League season.
After a disappointing season in Serie A and a poor effort in Euro 2012, Sneijder would probably like to put everything behind him and start fresh. Manchester United might be Sneijder's best option.
The Red Devils appear to have made a solid acquisition in Shinji Kagawa, but more reinforcements are needed.
Will Ferguson be able to get Modric or Sneijder? Or will he purse another notable midfielder?
Time will tell. The bottom line for United is the club may need a legitimate playmaker if they expect to put a troubled 2011-2012 season behind them.