If I had to characterize Manchester United's search for an elite midfielder with one song, it would be Jay-Z's On To The Next One.
First, Thiago Alcantara passed up the Red Devils for Champions League champs Bayern Munich. They moved on down the line at Barcelona toward Cesc Fabregas, but according to The Guardian's Chris Bascombe, the Spaniard put an end to those talks himself.
David Moyes is considering a bid for Luka Modric now that Manchester United's pursuit of Barcelona's Cesc Fábregas appears over, with the manager a long-term admirer of the Real Madrid playmaker.
With the 27-year-old having been transferred to Real from Tottenham Hotspur for £33m last summer, any initial offer for Modric would have to be in the region of £25m for a midfielder who fell down the pecking order under José Mourinho, who was his coach until the Portuguese rejoined Chelsea in the close season.
Well, it's certainly intriguing. Modric's vision and passing ability is unlike that of anyone currently in Manchester United's midfield, and although he had a somewhat disappointing 2012-13 season, you already know he can be productive in the EPL.
Still, we are not far removed from Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti making it quite clear that the dynamic, versatile midfielder is not for sale in this Express report.
Alas, David Moyes is very likely going to have to keep looking for the midfield help he desires.
In the meantime, let's take a gander at other recent chatter surrounding the Red Devils' summer transfer business.
Jeroen Lumu on the Radar?
The summer transfer window isn't always about big names like Modric, Fabregas or Marouane Fellaini. OK, well most of the time it is, but it's also an opportunity for clubs to bolster their youth corps.
Arsenal and Manchester United are keen on young Dutch sensation Jeroen Lumu, writes Tom Hopkinson in the Sunday People.
Both Premier League outfits have had him watched and could even try to bring him to England this summer.
The 18-year-old Dutch international appeared in 12 matches—nine as a substitute—for Willem II in the Eredivisie last season, scoring one goal.
He still obviously has lots of room to improve, and his side were relegated after finishing last in the league, but he has some incredible pace on either wing, he has an intriguing skill set with the ball at his feet and first-team experience in the top Dutch league at 18 is rare.
At the very least, he's someone to keep an eye on.
Robin van Persie Wants Wayne Rooney to Stay
The Wayne Rooney saga has taken several twists and turns over the last few weeks, and Robin van Persie is the newest one to make his opinion heard.
Here's what he had to say, according to The Mirror's Jim Daly:
He told The Sun: "Everyone wants Wayne to stay and deep down I think he feels the same.
"One of the reasons I joined Manchester United was to play with Wayne.
"I hope he stays. Not only is he a great goalscorer, he does so much work across the pitch."
I'd probably take this one with a grain of salt, as this is just "something you say" as a teammate. Still, though, for those hoping Rooney will stay at Old Trafford, this kind of support from Van Persie has to at least be a little encouraging.
Nevertheless, this still isn't going to be solved anytime soon.
Rooney's future likely won't be determined until at least after August 26. Even if Manchester United decide to sell him, the team won't do so until after they play Chelsea, who would be the club buying him.
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