Chelsea & Arsenal in fight to sign world's best midfielder: £50m rated target could be set for surprise summer move
Luka Modric could be set for a shock return to the Premier League this summer, with the Real Madrid midfielder being targeted by two of former club Tottenham Hotspur’s biggest rivals.
Spanish media outlet Diario Gol claim the Real Madrid midfielder will leave the club this summer, if Los Blancos are successful in becoming the first ever side to defend the Champions League in the final against Juventus on June 3 in Cardiff.
Both Chelsea and Arsenal are keen on signing the 31-year-old Croat, who has become one of the world’s best players since moving to Real from Spurs for £33million in 2012. It is believed the fee in question if he were to return to England would be £50million.
Modric’s former boss at the Santiago Bernabeu Carlo Ancelotti, now at Bayern Munich, has previously been linked with a move for the deep-lying playmaker. Few players are regarded as better in that role than him, but at 31 years of age, it could be better for Real to find a longer term option as they look to build a dynasty in both Spain and Europe.
Luka Modri? and Toni Kroos, the Magician and the Kaiser. The two greatest midfielders of this generation. pic.twitter.com/PkiB9UJ2Nr— Xav Salazar (@XavsFutbol) May 11, 2017
Spurs fans will not be happy if Modric does join either Chelsea or Arsenal, having seen him develop during four years at White Hart Lane, but his signing would certainly be a statement of intent, particularly for Arsenal.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is yet to announce his decision to sign a new contract, with his current deal expiring in the summer, but the Frenchman is laying the foundations for summer transfers and reports suggest he has some big names lined up.
Fans have criticised Wenger for not spending enough money in the past, but he may need to if he is to get back on track at the Emirates Stadium. Following another failed Premier League title challenge and Champions League exit, it looks as though Arsenal are going to miss out on the top four for the first time in Wenger’s 21-year reign.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are in a better situation, having just won their fifth Premier League title under Antonio Conte. Despite recent involvement in the side, Cesc Fabregas has had a rocky relationship with the Italian and continues to be linked with a summer departure from Stamford Bridge. That would leave a gap in the Blues midfield, with a possession-based player needed as a replacent.
In years gone by, Chelsea have tried to sign Modric, almost completing a £40million deal the year before he moved to Real Madrid, when Andre Villas-Boas was the manager. It remains to be seen what happens with his future over the coming months.