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Paul Scholes’s inevitable departure has been announced, and as Manchester United reflect on the wonderful achievements that Paul Scholes has reached in his 17 years at the club, Sir Alex Ferguson will have to start looking seriously, if he hasn’t alrea…

Paul Scholes’s inevitable departure has been announced, and as Manchester United reflect on the wonderful achievements that Paul Scholes has reached in his 17 years at the club, Sir Alex Ferguson will have to start looking seriously, if he hasn’t already, for his replacement. Scholes’s retirement was described as an “absolute tragedy” by Sir Bobby Charlton, and millions of United fans all over the world paid their respects to a fantastic career of the 36 year old United star, so whoever comes in will have big boots to fill.

Luka Modric has been mentioned more than a few times in connection with Manchester United, but most reports from inside the clubs or with insider knowledge seem to think that any deal is highly unlikely. The Tottenham manager recently said that he would not sell the Croation midfielder for £100 million or even a a billion pounds – a comment that should be taken with a pinch of salt as that sort of money would buy a football club.

However, Modric has a contract with the London club until 2016 so he would cost a lot of money for any club, presumably somewhere in the region of £25-35 million. Despite a possibly huge transfer fee, there remains a small possibility that Modric could make a move to Old Trafford if he is made a prime target by Sir Alex Ferguson. A Manchester United insider said a few weeks ago that the United manager has been given substantial transfer funds and “what Sir Alex wants, Sir Alex will get”, so if Ferguson really is after Modric he will put up a serious fight to get him, which is promising for United fans keen for a quick replacement for the legendary Paul Scholes.

The 25 year old recently stated that although happy at Tottenham, if an offer were to come in for him there was every possibility that he could move:

“Everybody wants to know what will happen with me. I’m trying to stay calm as my national team has a really important match coming.”

“So I will tell you the same as all ways – my club status is the same as it was before. But of course, if there will be an offer which will be good for Tottenham and for me also, then a transfer is of course possible.”

“That doesn’t mean that I’m bothered with leaving Tottenham – I’m not thinking about that every hour and every minute. I’m happy at White Hart Lane – my status is great, the fans like me and I do have everything I need.”

“But then again – when you experience playing in Champions League, you want to keep playing in this tournament.”

So from this we can take that although he is happy and comfortable at White Hart Lane, the lure of Champions League football and bigger success would certainly turn his head. If Manchester United were to show a real interest and place a bid on the table, and Modric were to kick up a fuss about a move, it would put Tottenham in a difficult situation despite having him tied down to a long contract.

They would not want to keep a player against his wishes and the amount of money that could be offered is substantial – at least a £9 million profit – possibly £19 million profit after buying him for £16 million from Zagreb in 2008.

There is also talk that Tottenham are already looking for a replacement for Modric, in the form of another Dinamo Zagreb Croation, Milan Badelj. Zagreb are apparently asking for £8.5 million for the 22 year-old deep-lying play-maker, and may have to move fast due to interest from several other clubs including Wolfsburg and CSKA Moscow.

Tottenham may just be adding to their ranks in the hope winning back that Champions League place next season, but there is also a real possibility that this is an insurance policy just in case they are forced into letting Modric go.

Chelsea are also said to be interested in Modric, and some say that a move to Chelsea is more likely as the player does not favour a move all the way to Manchester but would rather stay in London where he is settled. It may seem obvious, but any deal comes down to a significant offer and Tottenham’s willingness to sell – but an offer must be significant.

Tottenham may be purposely reluctant to sell to Manchester United, who have purchased a good few of the clubs best players in the past, including Michael Carrick and more recently, Dimitar Berbatov. However, other rumours state that the unsettled Berbatov, who was left out of United’s Champions League final squad could be used as a make weight in a deal; possibly £20 million plus Berbatov.

As you can see, there are quite a few possibilities, so we shall have to wait and see what happens in the transfer market, however, I tend to side with the pessimists on this one; despite United and Chelsea’s obvious interest and funds, Tottenham will put up a fight to keep him – he is the hub of the team and could prove invaluable.

Tell me what you think!

Submitted by DBSFootball



  1. TMWNN

    June 2, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I think you have no idea what you’re talking about.

  2. Iain

    June 2, 2011 at 10:18 am

    As Levy and Redknapp won’t want to end up hanging from a lamppost in Tottenham High Road I very much doubt they will sell.

    This isn’t like Berbatov, where the supporters knew what he was up to and were fed up with him, or Carrick, who fans had divided opinions about. Every Spurs fan knows that Modric is our best player and if we allow ManU to snap their fingers and summon him whenever they feel like it we may as well give up.

  3. Undacova

    June 2, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Not a bad article but you seem to have quoted how Man Utd/Alex Ferguson conducts his transfer business to a tea; well with how you have signed Tottenham players in the past apart from Sheringham.

    “If Manchester United were to show a real interest and place a bid on the table, and Modric were to kick up a fuss about a move, it would put Tottenham in a difficult situation despite having him tied down to a long contract”

    Firstly Ferguson will acknowledge to the press how much he rates a certain player, then there will be a lot of media activity – usually the Daily Mail continually linking the player to Man Utd at a lower value than what he is worth in the going market and when Man Utd believe they have turned the player’s head they will make a bid. Happened with Carrick and Berba but credit to Man U that Spurs did get decent fees for both.

    I think Modric will stay at Spurs for one more reason but we will have to wait and see.

    I found it quite amusing myself when Real Madrid made their interest in Ronaldo known and they could do nothing to stop him moving there eventually.

  4. ped

    June 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    i think that “sir alex won’t get what sir alex wants” ‘cos spurs ain’t selling, plus if a player is that good he’ll get snapped up by the billionaire blue half of manchester.

    TMWNN – got it spot on

  5. Raj Bhattacharjee

    June 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Its only a matter of time. Spurs are going in for Parker and Charlie Adam and they will need come to sit on the bench. Plus they need a striker capable of scoring 20+ goals = Berbatov.

    Levy and Redknapp are saying no to ensure they receive top dollar. I predict they will ask for £40m but agree to £22M plus Berbatov. EVERYONE IS HAPPY!

    • col

      June 2, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      On the planet you live on that might happen but back on Earth its a no goer.Its monster loads of money or get lost and we do mean monster loads of money not greenshield stamps,plastic buttons or failed Bulgarians.But you carry on in your other reality and dont worry about your near billion of debt or the new FIFA rules that are going to punish clubs living beyond their means.

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  7. Yidango

    June 2, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    What nobody seems to realise is that for him to say that the probable question was ” luka what would you do if Tottenham received a massive bid for you and they accepted it and you were offered double your money?”. Simples!

    • Tony

      June 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm

      Absolutely right. There was an episode of Yes Minister where a series of “loaded” question could make a person give an answer pro or against conscription. Same basic principle, to get the answers you want.

      Also look at the fawning media. Two or three planted stories that Modders is worth £20-25m and it becomes the accepted transfer fee. Dream on. If Levy decides to sell, which is highly unlikely, negotiations would start at £50m. Just look at the market- Lescott 22m, Milner 25m, Bent 24m, Djeko 27, Carroll 35m. Can any Utd supporter honestly say any of those players is better than Luka.

  8. Pete

    June 2, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Dream on!

  9. a.b

    June 2, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Yeah, Redknapp has been quoted saying that billion £ thing. But, who’s he?? He’s just a manager, not the owner.

    Ask the owners if they wouldn’t sell him for billion, then you’d be talking.

    Besides, Redknapp talks lots of rubish.

  10. Ray

    June 2, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    A complete load of bollocks, Modric will not be leaving Spurs anytime soon. All this crap has been regurgitated by bottom dwellers sucking up to Ferguson and Modric is supposedly on their wish list. How many times has the little guy got to tell everyone especially you scum that he is very happy at Spurs.A misquoted comment becomes sensational new to you turds it lends a very bad name to propper professional journalists who find real stories about real issues to report about. Sure every player who has experienced Champions league football wants to continue in the competition and it is a fucking cheek to suggest that the scum from manchester can secure the services of a top class player such as Modric for a measly £25m when Carroll leaves the Geordies for £35m how laughable. Berbatov goes missing, Spurs are looking for a top notch striker, put two and two together and you get Berbatov thrown into the equation as a make weight to sweeten the pot, thinking that the Board at Spurs will fall for that shite and come running to get a player who stabbed them in the back. Get this in you thick northern heads, Spurs will not let Modric leave to join you twats, he deserves much better and his style of play would fit quite easly into Barcelonas style as opposed to manure plus you forget, Levy is a very hard man to do business with especially as he has already said that he has no intention of letting our top players leave so fuck off and find someone else for yourselves.

  11. Not a fickle fan

    June 2, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    To the somewhat challenghed a,b, Levy, the Spurs chairman has stated publicly that Modric is NOT for sale. The billion is a figure of speech. Sorry if it’s a challenge to understand but also Levy is the spokesman for the ownere. Not so difficult is it. Next stupid comment????

  12. Yid

    June 2, 2011 at 6:01 pm


    These are the exact words of the owner of Tottenham:

    “We have spent years and hundreds of millions of pounds investing in our First Team squad and in creating a settled team. Having quality players means they automatically attract attention from other clubs – but I can assure you that we have no reason to sell, and every intention of retaining, our key players. We shall simply not entertain any approaches for these players”

  13. jim

    June 3, 2011 at 12:10 am


    • col

      June 3, 2011 at 12:58 am

      Jim i could,nt have put it better,time for bed eveybody boiiing

  14. Kev

    June 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Why r spurs fans so idiotic and hopelessly optimistic.
    U won’t c champs league ever again, we will take modric if we decide we want him.
    Harry “my players r goin nowhere” makes me laugh the most. How loyal was he to Pompey or Southampton?
    I wonder wot he would say if utd or Chelsea wanted him.
    I think we all know the answer to that one.
    He is a hypocrit who rates himself far too highly, he has an opinion on everything at the moment.
    You wouldn’t buy a car off him would u? He all knees, elbows, pie n mash.

    • col

      June 3, 2011 at 11:24 pm

      Kev u r a knob

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