Real Madrid: 3 Arguments in Favor of Signing Luka Modric
The 26-year-old Croatian midfielder has been consistently linked with Real Madrid ever since his Euro 2012 campaign. However, Modric has been linked to many other clubs, including the up and coming French team PSG, as well as Manchester United, who desperately need a player to control the midfield.
However, the hefty price tag of €45 million reportedly set by the Spurs has caused many teams to shy away as such high profile signings have notably failed recently. For example, Andy Carroll and Fernando Torres have not played to the caliber of their transfer fees.
Real Madrid have not signed anyone yet this year, and knowing President Florentino Perez, an expensive, notorious "galactico" signing has been long overdue. Obviously, with the apparent risks coming with Modric, many madridistas are vehemently against his signing.
Here are three different arguments in favor of his signing—in order of increasing importance!
Jersey Sales Will Open Club to Eastern Europe Markets
Modric has been one of the most popular players in the English Premier League, as well as the Spurs', along with Gareth Bale (before he was forcing himself out of the club). Real Madrid are much due for a new, major "galactico" signing by Perez, ever since the signing of Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo three years ago.
More importantly, it will open Los Merengues to an Eastern European market, which has not really been tapped since Puskas, a Real Madrid legend from Hungary in the late 1950s through the mid 1960s.
Already, Madrid has strong fan bases in East Asia and the Middle East, why not try to increase the fan base in Eastern Europe?
Will Allow Mourinho to Use "Trivote" More Effectively
The "trivote," or three-man midfield, is often used by Mourinho to assert defensive control and protect the highly vulnerable defensive line against powerful teams like Valencia and Barcelona. Lassana Diarra, Xabi Alonso, and Sami Khedira were used within the trivote, but this brought about many problems because it was overly defensive. With this static midfield, there was no connection to the likes of Mesut Ozil and Cristiano Ronaldo, leaving Madrid with no creative options.
Because of Modric's versatility, he can act as a defensive midfielder within the trivote in order to help out Khedira and Alonso, as well as quickly transitioning to attack. As shown in his more recent matches with Tottenham, he tracks back to win the ball to kick start a counter attack.
Provide Midfield Cover—Kaka and Lass Expendable
Because of Modric's aforementioned versatility, he can cover both centrally and on the wing for Angel Di Maria and Mesut Ozil. As seen in the 2011-12 season, the injury to Di Maria left our flanks much more static and it was much more difficult to generate an attack.
More importantly, the arrival of the Croatian midfielder will allow both Kaka and Lass to leave, in which we can make the most money from their sale as possible. Lass is on his last year of his contract, so we can get £3-£4 million from his transfer as well as around £4 million from his wages.
Kaka has a few years left on his contract, but because of his age and susceptibility to injury, we need to sell him as soon as possible before his value falls further after another mediocre season. This season has been fair and relatively injury free, so we can recoup £15-£18 million from AC Milan or PSG. Along with Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka is the most highly paid player at the club at £11 million per year.
What Are Your Views?
Do you think he's too expensive? Is he needed in the Los Blancos midfield?