Luka Modric has been a bust in La Liga, having been voted the worst signing in the league. That hasn't deterred interest from multiple English Premier League clubs, as Chelsea, United and City are all hot on the troubled midfielder's trail, according to Matt Law of The Daily Mirror.
These rumors won't go away any time soon. A return to the Premier League would be a huge help to Modric and his future club. Now we just need to figure out where he will end up.
Let's analyze the latest rumors to get an idea of who has the best shot at landing the talented midfielder.
3. Manchester United
The rumors linking United to Modric are based on two things: First, United is always linked to every playmaking midfielder, and second, United was linked to Modric during the summer.
Modric would represent the playmaking midfielder that United has been looking for, but of the top teams in the running for Modric's services, United has been the least mentioned. Aside from being a natural fit, there is no immediate interest from Sir Alex Ferguson and the Red Devils that has been reported.
2. Manchester City
City has long been hot on Modric, and now is no exception. Roberto Mancini is always actively looking for upgrades, and Modric would certainly be that.
Though City has inquired about Modric in the past, the club never really made a serious bid. Still, the latest rumors from The Metro's Hannah Duncan puts City in the final two. That has to be worth something.
Of all the Premier League clubs, Chelsea has the best chance to land Modric. The club has an established history of pursuing Modric, having sought his services in 2011 and August of 2012. The Blues will also be looking to replace Frank Lampard at the end of the season.
Modric not only makes sense for Chelsea, but there is an established record of interest from the club's end. That makes Chelsea the most likely destination of all the Premier League teams.
With these rankings in mind, however, the most likely result will still see Modric stay with Real Madrid. Despite his struggles, Modric remains a superior talent in the midfield. Real Madrid may have overpaid for his services, but having a talent like Modric makes this club better.
Many Premier League players struggle in the aftermath of a move to La Liga. Switching leagues and switching countries isn't always easy, and while Modric has struggled more than most, he deserves more time.
The best move for Modric and Real Madrid would be to let Modric stay the course until the summer transfer window.
If Modric finds his way, Real will benefit from one of the most creative midfielders in the world. If not, the club can cut its losses and let Modric return to the Premier League.