Here’s one that I never saw coming. According to The Daily Star, Arsenal are currently mulling over a move for former Tottenham ace and current Manchester United target Luka Modric. This all seems a bit fantastical, but could Arsenal really be interested in Modric?
What’s more, would the Real Madrid midfielder be a good fit at the Emirates?
First up, it’s worth noting that the Gunners have thus far had a dud of a summer transfer window. With the first game of the season fast approaching and Arsene Wenger moving as slowly as ever, there’s a chance that desperation may soon kick in. This could lead to him targeting players like Modric, simply so he can be shown to chasing marquee signings.
Despite his fall from grace at the Bernabeu, Luka Modric is still a big name with lots to offer. During his time at Spurs, he built a formidable reputation, establishing himself as one of the best creative midfielders in world football.
Like Cesc Fabregas (who is both a former Arsenal star and – if you believe the papers – a current Arsenal target), Modric has an uncanny reading of the game and the ability to pick out killer balls. It’s taken him time to adjust to the speed of play in La Liga, but there have been some signs that he’ll be able to re-find his feet soon enough.
The player himself may well feel that he’s better suited to the Premier League. A chance to join a top British club may well offer plenty of appeal to Modric.
The floppy-haired Croatian cost Real Madrid £33m last summer. They’re unlikely to want to sell at a loss. But given their supposed hunt for Tottenham’s Gareth Bale and Modric’s current status as a squad player, it wouldn’t surprise me if they were willing to negotiate.
Still, I’m not convinced Arsenal need a player like Modric in their midfield. With Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta providing plenty of creative flair, the more pressing need appears to be for an out-and-out defensive midfielder. This isn’t Modric’s bag at all.
In that sense, purchasing Modric would be a ‘luxury’ signing for Arsenal. Still, given Arsene Wenger’s history and his propensity for surprising just about everybody in the transfer market, it wouldn’t surprise me if this one went through.
What’s your take? Should Arsenal really be chasing former Tottenham star Luka Modric?
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