Although the Luka Modric transfer saga has been stretched out over an extended period of time, Manchester United seems poised to make a serious run at the midfielder, which, if successful, would guarantee the Red Devils a return to championship level soccer.
Although United had a solid season this past year, they fell short of the Premier League title due to an inability to defeat cross-town rival Manchester City.
In their first game against City, United surrendered six goals en route to an embarrassing blowout loss. The second game was hardly better, as United was completely shut out.
Even splitting the series against City would have given United the championship, so the two losses took on a special importance.
These crucial losses came about because United simply wasn't able to score on City's stifling defense, scoring only one goal in those two games.
This lack of offense against City, combined with United's need for a midfielder, makes Tottenham's Luka Modric the perfect transfer target for the Red Devils.
Modric is an elite playmaker who excels when he's in control of the ball. His field vision and ball-handling abilities help Modric make plays himself as well as set up teammates for success.
Modrc is also versatile enough to play solid defense, which affords his team more flexibility in tinkering with their formations.
Tottenham has been resistant to offers in the past, and according to the Daily Mail, United will have to meet Spurs' asking price of £35 million.
Although Modric has yet to reach his full potential in the Premier League, he is an immense talent and tireless worker who would flourish in United, where his focus on attacking would be a huge asset.
Ultimately, any major transfer the Red Devils land would be judged on whether or not it helps the Red Devils to a Premier League title, and Modric would do just that.
His offensive presence at a position of need for the Red Devils would be the missing piece that would get United over the top and able to avenge their losses to City.
United's offense, a weakness against City last season, would become a strength, which would give United the edge in facing their cross-town rivals in this season's grudge matches.
If they can get past City this season, which Modric would play a huge role in, United would almost certainly finish the season as Premier League champions again, making Modric a transfer that United must execute at any price.