Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Latest Buzz on Wayne Rooney and Luka Modric
Despite coming off yet another EPL title, Manchester United figures to go under some renovations this offseason.
Of course, there is the big switch on the sidelines as Sir Alex Ferguson has stepped down and will be replaced by Everton's former manager, David Moyes, but as huge as this transition is, it can't completely overshadow what is going on with the players.
Most notably, there is the little matter of United staple Wayne Rooney's unhappiness.
Also, there are some serious signs pointing towards Manchester United bringing in Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric. Let's get up to speed on the latest buzz involving these two players.
While playing with Robin van Persie this past year, Rooney's position on the Red Devils became tenuous. He didn't have a clear role, and while he showed flashes at a central midfield position, it was clear that this was not an ideal fit for Rooney.
At 27, Rooney still has plenty of prime soccer years ahead of him. There is little doubting he would like to play somewhere where he can be the man.
FIFA.com tweeted this a couple of weeks ago:
Of course, part of this was a reported falling out with the now retired manager Ferguson, and the Red Devils are certainly not going to concede that Rooney has to go.
The Daily Mail's Rob Draper reports that a meeting between Rooney and Moyes is in the works, and that his departure is no certainty.
Still, make no mistake about it, the Rooney sweepstakes have begun. There is already a wealth of interest.
John Cross of the Daily Mirror hits us with this report that Paris St. Germain, among others, are interested in the forward:
The new Ligue 1 champions would be willing to go to £40m as a transfer fee, and hand Rooney a four-year contract to try to lure him away from the Old Trafford giants.
Should Man U part ways with Rooney?
But they will face competition from French rivals Monaco, while Chelsea and Arsenal are also watching developments - although the two Premier League clubs would struggle to match the riches on offer across the Channel.
So, it the Red Devils do decide the best course of action is to part with Rooney, they can simply sit back and hope for an ensuing bidding way.
It will be interesting to see if they are hesitant to send Rooney to a rival EPL squad, but in the end, I expect them to take the most lucrative offer.
When your a powerhouse like the Red Devils, there is no need to worry about what the competition is doing. They simply need to make themselves as strong as possible and let the rest of the cards fall where they may.
Luka Modric came to Real Madrid with big expectations. Those expectations have not been fulfilled, and he is now likely on the way out.
After all, in his 34 matches with Madrid, Modric has notched just four goals. Real Madrid certainly had bigger dreams for Modric after signing him to a five-year contract following a transfer from Tottenham Hotspur.
Now, it appears likely that Modric will be headed back to the EPL.
Steve Bates of The Mirror writes that the Reds and Chelsea, featuring Modric's most recent manager, Jose Mourinho, are keen on acquiring the 27-year-old, via a report from the Sunday People.
With the reported cost for Modric, according to Bates, sitting at £24 million, this will certainly be a pricey move, but it's not like this is a passing fancy for the Red Devils. As Bates also offers up, Moyes is a "big admirer of Modric" and that Ferguson had also targeted the Croatian in the past.
Modric would add a dynamic option to the Red Devils' midfield. While he lacks speed, he makes up for it with his tremendous skills. And while Modric has spent his time with Real Madrid looking like anything but a £24 million player, he has had great success in the EPL.
The attacking midfielder was one of the EPL's best in his four years with Tottenham, and he would be a valuable addition to the Red Devils.
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