Manchester United’s quest for a new midfield player continues with reports in the Mail that Sir Alex Ferguson is closing in on a deal for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa and is considering a fresh move for Tottenham’s Luka Modric.
With the United midfield being less than dominate last season it seems that adding some fresh talent in this area is the order of the day, along with the purchase of a new left-back.
According to the Mail article Ferguson is close to agreeing a deal worth £17m for the Japanese international from German club Dortmund. The article outlines the Reds have increased their original offer, despite the 23 year old only having one year left on his current contract, due to the massive commercial potential in signing the Japanese super star.
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke is quoted in the article as saying that ‘both sides want to conclude the sale.’
Sir Alex is well versed in signing stars originating from less recognised footballing countries in order to increase exposure to overseas markets, such as the signing of Park Ji-Sung from PSV Eindhoven. Although I’m sure no one at United would admit this was the reason for either signing, obviously an increase in shirt sales in new markets can only be a positive.
The transfer rumour surrounding Modric to Manchester United seems less feasible. With Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp valuing the Croatian at £35m the article suggests United would need to bring that price down as they are also looking for a left-back.
In my opinion anyone who has watched the 26 year old play-maker this season will find the asking price rather hopeful. Despite the midfielder obviously being world class and showing flashes of brilliance on occasion, I would expect better consistency and more goals for that type of money.
It does seem that the time is right for Modric to move from Spurs however. The fact that he is yet to sign a new contract at White Hart Lane and the amount of rumours and interested parties seems to echo this. I think Luka will probably end up at a big spending Serie A or Spanish Primera club.
Redknapp will obviously be looking to get as much money as possible for the midfielder, and the fact that Modric is doing what most of footballing talent on the market is doing and waiting until after the Euro’s to make a decision will hopefully mean the player and club will be financially rewarded to the maximum.
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