La Liga champions Real Madrid are preparing for another summer of spending and two Premier League stars have been linked with moves to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Having regained the title out of Barcelona’s clutches, Jose Mourinho’s side are looking to retain it during the 2012 season and have identified two players that will help them do that – Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez and Luka Modric of Tottenham.
Croatian playmaker Modric, who was a target of Chelsea last summer, has apparently decided to call it time on his White Hart Lane career and has told Daniel Levy he wants to leave, with Madrid his preferred destination.
Tottenham were believed to want Turkish midfielder Nuri Sahin in part exchange, with any fee believed to be upwards of £25m – money which Madrid obviously have.
Their other target, Tevez, spent the majority of the 2011/12 season sat on the sidelines after allegedly refusing to come on as a substitute in a Champions League tie with Bayern Munich.
Manager Roberto Mancini banished him from the team but he came back late in the year to help City secure the Premier League title for the first time. Whilst it appeared that Mancini and Tevez had repaired their strained relationship, City could well be tempted to move the troublesome Argentine on this summer.
Madrid aren’t exactly deficient in goals – Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema have been banging the goals in under Mourinho whilst Jose Callejon also contributes well in cameo appearances. Tevez would cost a fair amount of money and I don’t think the signing is necessary.
In Mourinho’s 4-2-3-1 system, the lone striker tends to stay around the box, particularly in Higuain’s case. Tevez however likes to drop deep and create chances, which is a position that just isn’t required in the Madrid system.
Modric on the other hand would be a great signing and everything that Real hoped Sahin would be – a creative link between defence and attack alongside Xabi Alonso in the centre of the park. If Madrid can get Modric in their midfield, Barcelona may struggle to win the title back off their fierce rivals.
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