Although Manchester United won’t be making any big-profile transfers during the winters, reports suggest that Sir Alex Ferguson and co. have already made plans for the lengthy summer window.

According to Manchester Evening News, Real Madrid flop Luka Modric is apparently Ferguson’s first and prime transfer target for the end of the season business as United desperately look out for player to replace their golden veteran, Paul Scholes.

Via CaughtOffside:

“ The Manchester Evening News today reports that Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is running the rule on a trio of midfield targets he has earmarked moves for as he looks to freshen up his Old Trafford squad in the summer.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s lengthy search for fresh midfield talent has apparently led the Scot to the Bernabeu and a renewed effort to land long term target Luka Modric.”

The Red Devils were heavily linked with Modric during the last year’s summer transfer season, but the Croatia international chose a move to the Spanish capital instead.

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However, since joining Madrid, Modric has struggled to claim a regular first-team spot at the Santiago Bernabeu and was recently voted the ‘worst summer signing of La Liga in 2012’ by the readers of Spanish magazine, Marca. With Ferguson still a keen admirer of the former Tottenham Hotspurs player, United could make a surprise bid for Modric after the end of the season.   

The Croat is one of the few versatile midfielders who could settle in both, the 4-2-3-1, as well as, Fergie’s vintage 4-4-2 formations.

Nonetheless, the chances of a possible transfer are still remote. 

Jose Mourinho paid a whooping sum of £33 million for the signature of Modric last year and it is thus highly unlikely that he would probably let the 26-year-old leave for anything less that around £30 million.

In other news, United have also been linked with a move for Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard. The Blues star has been told that he is ‘no longer wanted' at the Stamford Bridge and with his contract running out in six months, Ferguson is tempted in signing the England international on a free transfer.