Manchester United have revived their interest in signing Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric, according to the Guardian. The report claims the Premier League champions will have to bid in the region of £25m to sign the Croatian international, who only joined the Santiago Bernabeu club last summer.
It is believed United's pursuit of Modric indicates an end to their interest in Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas. David Moyes made two bids for the former Arsenal captain, both of which were rejected by the Spanish champions.
The midfielder's declaration that he wishes to remain at the Camp Nou for at least more season has sealed any hope of a sensational return to England.
Modric left Tottenham for Madrid in a drawn-out transfer saga and eventually cost the Spanish club £33m. However, the 27-year-old has failed to command a regular starting place since and has struggled to impose himself in the club's star-studded dressing room. In fact, Modric and Cameroon international Alex Song (who moved from Arsenal to Barcelona) were voted as the worst signings of the season.
The Croatian has previously been linked with United, with the Times reporting a possible switch in July. In each case, Modric is viewed as a back-up signing to Fabregas.
Moyes wants to add options to the first team at Old Trafford, particularly in the centre of the park. Everton's Marouane Fellaini and Sevilla's Geoffrey Kondogbia have been mentioned as potential targets. However, he will face competition for the latter, with reports linking both Arsenal and Madrid to the youngster.
The Gunners were also linked to the Belgian international but are presently tied up in their chase of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. And Moyes' time with Fellaini at Everton could prove key in signing the midfielder.
"When I got the job, I was made aware of what could possibly be done to improve things. Signing a midfield player was one area where we thought we could possibly add to the squad. It's hard to get top quality players who can come in and affect your team. That's why we're trying to go for what we see as the right players and the best players," Moyes said.