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Transfer Gossip: Wenger Ready To Battle Moyes For Real Madrid Playmaker

Arsenal have been linked with a shock move for Real Madrid playmaker and Manchester United target Luka Modric, with the Croatian said to be unsettled in Spain.

With the summer transfer window now open, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Arsenal are ready to battle Man Utd for Luka Modric.


Arsenal have been linked with a shock move for Real Madrid playmaker and Manchester United target Luka Modric, according to reports.

The Croatian midfielder has struggled to establish himself at the Bernabeu since making a £33m move from Tottenham Hortspur last summer and was even voted as the worst signing of the season by readers of Marca.

The 27-year-old has been linked with a move back to the Premier League this summer with reports earlier this week suggesting Manchester United boss David Moyes has earmarked the player as a potential target after missing out on Cesc Fabregas, while Tottenham are believed to have shown an interest in taking the schemer back to White Hart Lane as part of any deal involving Gareth Bale heading to Madrid.

However, the Daily Star are one of several media outlets who’re reporting that Arsenal have also joined the chase to sign Modric with boss Arsene Wenger desperate to attract a big-name signing to the Emirates Stadium this summer.

The Gunners have already missed out on Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli, Brazilian attacker Bernard also looks set to slip through their fingers while a deal for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez remains a long way off, so Wenger is understandably keen to bring in a marquee signing to appease disgruntled supporters.

The newspaper suggests that Modric is now unsettled in Spain and would consider a move back to England but any interested party may have to wait and see what new coach Carlo Ancelotti’s plans are for the Croatian international before any potential deal can be done.

With Paul Scholes now retired and doubts continuing over the long-term fitness of Darren Fletcher, I understand the need for a player like Modric at Old Trafford. The champions are desperate for of a midfielder ball-player and the former Spurs man would be an excellent addition to Moyes’ squad.

However, I’m not sure I see where Modric would fit in at Arsenal. They already have Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Santi Cazorla who all play in the middle of the park and enjoy seeing a lot of the ball, so I’m not convinced he’s the type of player they should be concentrating on this summer.

But all of this is paper-talk at this point and there is a long way to go before any deal is done that would see Modric coming back to England. Watch this space….

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Would you like to see Modric come to your club? Share your views in the comments section below.



  1. Stu

    July 31, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    If he does move to the Emptycrates then Sandro, do your worst!

  2. tomcom

    July 31, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Doubt if Modric to Arsenal would ever happen?
    Lets not forget,Wenger stated he was
    ” too small” when Spurs signed him and would be unlikely to contradict himself?


  3. bumpie

    August 1, 2013 at 12:07 am

    We do not need Modric. He’s a fine player though,but we’ve got better talents in all d positions he fits into. Wenger should forget his excuses for no matter how justified,I’ve to learn that big name/sign-on players win games either by their personal performance or by influencing the officials(match) to exercise their(match officials) discretion in their(big-name sign-on) favour. We need Julio Caesar, Ashley Williams or Ryan Shawcross, Mascherano(bid for him) Luis Suarez. We will will win Champions League and the Premiership.

  4. Jumping Jesus

    August 1, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Arsenal can have him with pleasure. He’s not United quality

  5. William

    August 1, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Does Arsenal Modric?Iam no soccer coach but imho,he is too light weight though creatively he is among the best.
    Arsenaldo not need more creativity. We have an abundance of this category.
    What Arsenal need is a md destroyer someone like a Veira clone.We also have a need for atop class gk.
    I feel Arsenal is dithering in the tw. IF he can’t get his act right,get someone who will be worth the gamble.

  6. Bogus

    August 1, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Coming back to Tottenham, as if!
    This season is make or break for Wenger and he’s showing signs of desperation so who knows, but i doubt it, they don’t need him. As a Spurs man i’d love to see him at Arsenal^^
    Man U would be the best fit, but i don’t think he’s their first choice signing by far

  7. Akin Akanji

    August 1, 2013 at 2:14 am

    AWenger is a loser in the transfer market.He will still lose to DMoyes.

  8. LOL

    August 1, 2013 at 2:42 am

    stoof that, Arsenal don’t want him.

  9. Massive

    August 1, 2013 at 8:18 am

    We only need Suarez and a defender Mr. Wenger

  10. Mr Animashaun

    August 1, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Arsene Wenger has lost his touch as far as recruiting good Legs is concerned… Maybe he should concerntrate mainly on Coaching alone, Another group should handle the recruiting aspect of the business… He should jst mention the position,the quality of the players he wants…… Let relieve dis man of this heavy load he got on him.

  11. felix ekanem

    August 1, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    arsenal should buy plays rather linking and runin away

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