Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Reds Need to Acquire Luka Modric

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistMay 26, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 16: Luka Modric of Real Madrid CF celebrates after scoring Real's 3rd goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and RCD Mallorca at estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 16, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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New Manchester United boss David Moyes needs to find a way to acquire Real Madrid star Luka Modric.

Steve Bates of The Mirror writes that the Reds are ready to go after the midfielder, but there will be some competition for him. Chelsea is one club that is also interested in him, so the Reds need to be aggressive if they do indeed go after him.

The reported cost of Modric is £24 million, which is a reasonable price for Manchester United. Other names have been thrown around, but Modric would be the best fit for the team.

He fits United's style very well. Although he doesn't have great speed, he has just about every other skill.

The 27-year-old is a great passer and can see players all over the field. His ability to make plays happen for his teammates can't be overlooked, and he can create plays using his feet. His dribbling is good, which can open up the rest of the field for others.

Modric isn't going to be a prolific scorer, but he puts the ball right where it needs to be so his team can attack the net.

As a midfielder, he can control the pace of the game. He doesn't get rattled if there's nothing available. His skills allow him to control the tempo and push the ball down the field.

A player like Modric can make an immediate impact. He makes plays out of nothing, and his creativity makes him such a valuable asset.

He has only three goals and three assists in 31 La Liga games, so there is room for improvement. He hasn't been a great fit with Real Madrid, but a team like United could give him the opportunity to impress the world.

Moyes recently took over for Sir Alex Ferguson, and acquiring Modric would be a statement to the rest of the English Premier League that United is still improving its squad.

The Reds are the reigning champions, so making a big move like this would only improve their chances of repeating. United has not finished lower than second over the last eight seasons. 

Modric is the type of player who can give this team an extra boost, and United would enter next season as the favorite to win another title.


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