Manchester City aren’t short of central midfielders with Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Fernandinho, Rodri, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva at their disposal, but El Nacional believe they’re on the hunt for another – Luka Modric.
This rumour would normally be shot down as the Croatian international wants to retire at the Santiago Bernabeu, but his situation at Real is mirroring that of Sergio Ramos’ who ended up leaving last summer.
Modri remains a regular at Real but has an uncertain future due to his contract expiring this summer. The 36-year-old wants a two-year deal as reward for his form and recognition of his loyalty, but Florentino Perez is only offering a 12-month extension and salary paycut.
Ramos had a similar dispute with Perez over his contract last season and said he ended up leaving Real after the deal was withdrawn when he was ready to accept. Modric may have a similar dilemma if he can’t get the contract he wants and stalls on the deal that’s on the table.
El Nacional say that’s where Man City come in. PSG offered Ramos the two-year deal he wanted and landed his signature. If the Sky Blues are willing to do the same for the ‘unhappy’ Modric, they could end up bagging one of the best midfielders in Europe in the January transfer window or following summer.
It’s worth noting that the Croat will turn 37 at the start of next season, however, so a two-year deal would see Modric on the cusp of turning 39 before it expires. That may play into City’s thinking. Pep Guardiola would love a player of Modric’s talent, but the club tend to think more long-term now.