Thursday, 16th June, 2011

Manchester United are ready to rival Chelsea for the signature of Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Luka Modric if Arsenal continue to resist their desire to sign Samir Nasri.

Chelsea have had a £22M bid for Modric rejected by Spurs and it appears that the lack of a manager at Stamford Bridge is not causing a pause in the Blues’ summer plans. Roman Abramovich is thought prepared to authorise a higher offer, but United could provide opposition.

While Sir Alex Ferguson is keenest on Arsenal schemer Nasri, and the Frenchman wants to leave the Gunners in search of silverware, boss Arsene Wenger is, at present, only prepared to sell the 23-year-old to a foreign club – for between £20M and £25M.

Should Wenger continue to refuse to sell Nasri, who has just one year remaining on his current contract, to United, then Ferguson will battle Chelsea for Modric.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is known to be keen to keep the Croatian, but it is thought a bid in excess of £35M could be enough to persuade the White Hart Lane club to sell.

Redknapp himself is keen to spend this summer, but a lack of Champions League football has meant the well is drier than the Englishman would like. Selling Modric would boost his kitty, but also deprive his side of a world-class talent.

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