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United chase Modric, sign “special talent”

If Manchester United fans still had any doubts, a quick look at today’s backpages will have confirmed that we are well and truly in the silly seas, as far as transfer rumours are concerned.

Forget about Euro 2012, the Sun splashes an headline suggesting that United are about to add another piece to their midfield  jigsaw by signing Spurs playmaker Luka Modric for £26 million.

The Daily Mail’s story follows the same line, reporting that Modric, who had a request to leave White Hart Lane turned down last summer, will be just one of the many stars to leave North London and, despite interest from Chelsea the paper is adamant that Sir Alex will finally get one of his long term targets and Modric will sign a deal worth £125.000 a week upon return from Poland where he’s on duty with Croatia.

The Sun also reports that Fergie is unwilling to match Cheick Tiote’s and Leighton Baines’ valutations of £20 million.

From a potential transfer to a done deal, as the Mirror and the Daily Mail report that United have signed Chilean wonderkid Angelo Henriquez for £3 million.

The 18-year-old striker has scored 8 goals in 10 games with Universidad de Chile, excelling for Chile’s age-group sides and in his homeland has drawn comparisons with Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

The Mirror suggests that United beat a host of clubs from around the world to sign the young striker who might be farmed out on-loan until he wins his first senior cap, unless United manage to obtain a “special talent visa” approved.

Finally, France coach Laurent Blanc is the latest to give his opinion about the Rio Ferdinand saga as he tells the Guardian that he doesn’t believe the Manchster United defender was left out of the England squad for football reasons.

Dan (@MUFC_dan87)





  1. Craig Mc

    8 June 2012 at 09:53

    I simply cannot understand the wisdom of signing Kagawa and now Modric if rumours are true, because they both play in the same role, off the front man. We surely need a MF enforcer, and Fellaini would be better than Modric now we have got Kagawa. Kagawa stats are twice those of Modric, more goals and assists, so please if I am wrong somebody give me their wisdom on this please! 😀

    • Onkar

      8 June 2012 at 10:38

      @Craig Mc: Bro all I can make up of this is, either this is a sign that, we are switching to 4-2-3-1 with Modric partnering Carrick/Scholes and play as a deep lying MF which he can and Kagawa playing in Behind striker, or this is just a smoke screen and effort from SAF to show all of us that he has Money in the Pocket but then No Value in the Market (Chances of this is higher). As no way on this earth Levy will allow Modric to leave below 35 mn and we bid for just 22 mn. Further, one thing that Modric can bring to table which Kagawa Cant is to Ability of playing in two man MF of 4-4-2 if required (which may happen and we may end up playing Kagawa in LMF as Phelan is still here) which is uncommon now a days. So there is sense in trying for him in my books but I just feel this is petty effort from SAF just to show Fan that he has MOney but players are overpriced and No value…

      • ash is the man

        8 June 2012 at 10:50

        @Onkar: dont be so negative, fergie is definetley out to get his man, and i say he will pay 35million for him. We have just made a bid or 22 mill so the price wont focket to 40 million. Because if we just out right bid 30mil than the final figure would be higher

        • Moscow

          8 June 2012 at 11:10

          @ash is the man: Let’s just hope he isn’t another Sneijder.

        • ash is the man

          8 June 2012 at 12:15

          @Moscow: big difference as spurs have no champions league football and modric isnt a greedy twat 🙂

        • Moscow

          8 June 2012 at 12:26

          @ash is the man: 😆 Let’s hope so matey.

        • Onkar

          8 June 2012 at 13:41

          @ash is the man: I am not negative, but then old folks here knows that I am more in the Camp with Moscow, Tony and Old Friend Grognard. I will not believe it till I see it for real. Specially after last few years when it came to Marquee signing things havent worked for us. So trading bit cautious. But irrespective of signing of MOdric I really want to see New No TWO and change of a system to 4-2-3-1. For me that is the priority.

      • Craig Mc

        8 June 2012 at 16:57

        @Onkar: 😀 😀 😀 lets hope for a winning system Bro!

  2. ash is the man

    8 June 2012 at 10:12

    fergie has decided to make a dream team 🙂 he has returned to his childhood 🙂

  3. Benny

    8 June 2012 at 10:26

    Modric can be used more of a deep lying midfeilder whereas Kagawa a more of an attacking midfielder so having them both rumours of Modric are true ..will be an ideal purchase

    • Moscow

      8 June 2012 at 11:10

      @Benny: Spurs play with Modric in midfield, and van der Vaart playing off the lone striker, the position which Kagawa will play for us, so I agree with you we can play them both in the same team:

      De Gea
      Rafael Rio Vidic Evra
      Carrick/Fellaini Modric
      Valencia Kagawa Nani

      • Onkar

        8 June 2012 at 13:44

        @Moscow: Exactly how I want to see us play. Thats what I said to Craigy when I said we should move to 4-2-3-1 if we are signing Modric specially after Kagawa in the Bag. The team you have put out will definitely be a worthy opponent to Most of Team in EUROPE. Lets hope that we will be seeing this happening.

  4. Traverse

    8 June 2012 at 12:00

    Is Fergie finally giving in to the Barcelona model?

    Modric Carrick Kagawa
    Valencia Rooney Young

    That team would keep the ball for days, and offer quite a goal threat. Obviously my realistic side says there isn’t a cat in hells chance of us signing Modric. The fan side of me though is quite excited about it and would love to see that line up tear at Premier League defences.

    And with the back up of Cleverley, Scholes, Nani, Welbeck and Hernandez?

    I still think we need a LB, and Alba seems to be Barca bound. I think Baines would be great if we can get him for around £15mil. Need someone a bit stronger in defence at LB than Evra has become recently if we’re going without a destroyer in CM.

    Also this indicates Anderson and Berbatov will be let go, and Park will get the Berbatov treatment and let go next season.

    Angelo Henriquez looks like quite the prospect, and at &3mil is a steal.

    • Onkar

      8 June 2012 at 13:46

      @Traverse: I would rather see we are Playing 4-2-3-1 with the same team that you have put out. But then, it is better to play 4-3-3 rather than 4-4-2. I really hope one of two things happening.

    • RMJ

      8 June 2012 at 14:16

      @Traverse: I think the fat one will stay, especially considering the fact that Fletcher has no future. Colitis is a crippling disease and I doubt he will be back permanently. On the other heard, you guy shear about what teh polish boss been about Lewandowski. Now that would be spectacular. but 5 striker? interesting summer up ahead..

      • Traverse

        8 June 2012 at 18:25

        @RMJ: No way are we even interested in Lewandowski. He’d cost £25mil + to sit on our bench, and keep either Welbeck or Hernandez off it. Pointless.

        Henriquez is more likely, as he’s £3mil and younger. If we get him, Powell for £4mil along with the £15mil we’ve spent on Kagawa that’s only £22mil spent. Which is not particularly Glazernomics, it’s just good business.

        If we spend another £50mil on Modric & Baines then I’ll eat my hat. We should be able to easily (and every season if we wanted), but that IS Glazernomics taking effect.

        edit: Also, a note on Anderson. I agree about Fletcher, don’t know why they haven’t announced his retirement yet. However with (for arguments sake) Carrick, Kagawa, Modric, Scholes, Cleverley, Powell all ahead of him why bother keeping him? Giggs is hardly going to play either.

    • slowshow

      9 June 2012 at 11:02

      I think for that front three to work well, Nani and Rooney should be constants while Valencia and Young alternate btw themselves. Valencia-if we want a rigid front three (no interchanging of positions) or Young-if we want a flexible one.

  5. Shera

    8 June 2012 at 14:22

    I’m not sure how Modric would fit in with Kagawa already on the way, yes we do need quality in the midfield but surely the focus should be on a ball winning midfielder and a traditional deep lying play-maker.

    Personally I am happy with the width we have in the squad, the defence is also less of a priority in my opinion as I really would like to see Fabio avoid injury and show us what he can do this season. I understand that he is being loaned out for next season through, and if so we need left back to fill that void.

    Seemingly we’re moving for Lewandowski, not seen much of him but from what I’ve heard he’s a traditional target man, not really my preference as I’ve never liked the style of football that comes along with playing with a strong, powerful but poor technical player. In any case it will be interesting to see how he fairs in the Poland VS Greece game later on today, hopefully he’ll prove to be more than just ‘the big man up front’

    Don’t know about anyone here but I would like to see Rodwell at Old Trafford, yes he has had two poor seasons by what the expectations were for him but I’ve also seen enough to suggest he could really be a top draw player and would fit into how we are buying young talent that would not come at such a costly price.

    Other stars would maybe involve Erikssen, Gotze and Hamsik. Fantasy perhaps…?

    • RMJ

      8 June 2012 at 15:26

      @Shera: The biggest misconception that has fully blown into histeria of late is that Kagawa is somehow the scholes answer when he is more like the successor to the hole tevez left from 07 and 08. AT Dortmund, Kagawa never played central mid and mostly played just behind the main striker(s) or out wide as needed. Modric is capable of playing very deep and push ahead as needed and more importantly he inst a Hollywood passer and very aware on the ball which is why he is a type of player we will benefit from.

    • Craig Mc

      8 June 2012 at 16:50

      @Shera: Bro Rodwell is another Anderson, very injury prone and plays few games because of that!

  6. Craig Mc

    8 June 2012 at 16:55

    I wouldn’t mind Lewendowski, because we need another good striker with Berba and Owen on the way out. However, I seem to remember a lot of people in France saying that Hazard was a cert for OT, and look what happened there. So NO I won’t believe anything I hear, no matter whose mouth it comes from, until Fergie tells us the player is signed, sealed and delivered! 😀

  7. Vignesh

    9 June 2012 at 15:08

    A Defensive midfielder and a central defender is needed ! If Modric is signed then maybe Nani is going to go along with Berbatov , Anderson ❓

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