Jamie Redknapp Makes Stunning Revelation About How Close Man Utd Came to Signing Luka Modric

?Sir Alex Ferguson attempted to sign Luka Modric at ?Manchester United prior to the midfielder’s switch from ?Tottenham to ?Real Madrid, according to former Spurs and Liverpool player Jamie Redknapp.

Despite a rocky start in La Liga the Croatian is now widely considered as one the world’s best midfielder having shone for Real Madrid and his country over the years.

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And with his future at the Bernabeu under speculation amidst an expected overhaul under new manager Julen Lopetegui, Redknapp has shed light on how the 32-year-old’s playing days could have taken another turn in the summer of 2011. 

“The day after Manchester United lost to Barcelona in the Champions League final at Wembley in 2011, my dad received a call from Sir Alex Ferguson,” Redknapp wrote in his column for the ?Daily Mail

“He wanted to sign Luka Modric. Xavi and Iniesta had raised the bar for midfielders. The best had to be players who could take the ball off either foot, dribble and pass through the lines.

“Having seen just how impressive those two were against United, Sir Alex identified Modric as the player to take his team forward.

“He would eventually leave Tottenham for Real Madrid the next year but only a few months after arriving at the Bernabeu he was voted La Liga’s worst signing of the season by Spanish fans.

“It has always frustrated me that Modric has been so underrated. It is only when he adds goals to his game, such as his sensational strike against Argentina, that the rest of his game gets the recognition it deserves.”

Whilst a playing career at Old Trafford under Ferguson would most certainly have returned a number of honours, Modric has not failed to tick that box since leaving Spurs, having lifted four Champions League trophy’s and a La Liga title with the Spanish giants. 

The 32-year-old has been a focal point in Croatia’s World Cup campaign to date, where he notched a sensational goal in the ?victory over Argentina which sealed their place in the Last 16 with a game to spare. 


Real Madrid & Juventus Join the Race to Sign Out of Favour Bayern Midfielder Thiago Alcantara

?Thiago Alcantara’s future could definitely be away from the Allianz Arena this summer, and there’s interest in his services from around Europe. The Spaniard is available to buy from ?Bayern Munich during the closed season, and the German side are after a fee of around €60m.

Thiago has enjoyed a fruitful five seasons in Bavaria, lifting the Bundesliga at the end of each term. Until now, he’s been a key figure in the German squad, but an abundance of midfield talent means that the playmaker is free to leave this summer.

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And now, as teams catch wind of his availability, some of Europe’s top clubs have come closing in.

According to Spanish outlet Marca (via Calcio Mercato), Real Madrid (fierce rivals of Thiago’s former club Barcelona) are interested in the player. New manager Julen Lopetegui has worked with Thiago in the Spain national team setup, and is believed to be a big fan of the midfielder.

Lopetegui sees Thiago as a potential replacement for Mateo Kovacic, who is looking to leave the Bernabe in search of regular game time, and Liverpool have been strongly linked with the Croatian.

On the other hand, Juventus are also expressing an interest in Thiago – so claims Tuttosport (as per Il Bianconero). Max Allegri would consider making a move for the Spain international, should Miralem Pjanic move away.


The Old Lady are holding out for €80m for the Bosnian, and while many reports have linked Juve with a move for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Tuttosport believed that Thiago is another – much cheaper – option than the Serbian alternative.


Cesc Fabregas Questions Cristiano Ronaldo’s Impact at World Cup Amidst Lionel Messi’s Struggles

Cesc Fabregas has questioned the true impact of ?Cristiano Ronaldo at the ?World Cup as he jumped to the defence of a besieged Lionel Messi following Argentina’s disappointing performances in Russia. 

The ?Real Madrid striker has struck four goals so far for Portugal but Fabregas, who failed to be named in Spain’s squad this summer, has insinuated that his chances have been served to him on a platter.  

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And whilst Ronaldo is making the most of his chances, the ?Chelsea midfielder claimed Messi is struggling to match his output due to having the weight of Argentina’s hopes on his shoulders as he weighed in on the debate surrounding the two greatest players currently in the game.

“These days, Cristiano Ronaldo has a very different role for Portugal, he mainly stays up front and you no longer see him running all over the pitch,” he wrote in a column for ?BBC Sport.

“He is one of the big names in Russia who has made a strong start to this World Cup, in terms of goals, with four so far.

“Yes, he is playing well, but if you really look at what he has done, he has scored one penalty, one free kick, one goal from a corner and one with a shot that David De Gea should have saved. 

“You cannot say that he and Portugal have shown great combinations or tiki-taka football to score great goals. You have to give him credit, of course, but his goals have come from set-pieces, penalties or mistakes.”

Fabregas also looked to praise his former ?Barcelona teammate who has been unable to flourish amidst a troubling time for Argentina which has resulted in a draw with Iceland and a defeat to Croatia, leaving their hopes of qualifying for Last 16 hanging on a thread. 

He added: “It was a similar story for Messi against Croatia, but it was not all his fault. As I said in my TV analysis after Argentina’s defeat, they look like a broken team.

“So it is has been really difficult for him. He does not have the quality in behind him, when he needs someone who can help him build up the play.”

Argentina must come out as victors in their final group game against Nigeria on Tuesday if they have any chance of progressing, whereas Portugal need only one point against Iran on Monday to guarantee their spot in the knockout stages. 


Report Claims Liverpool Made Last-Ditch Attempt to Sign Goalkeeper Before Madrid Move

Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp are bent on solving the club’s goalkeeping woes this summer and reportedly attempted a move which would have, as they say, killed two birds with one stone.

The Anfield side are said to have tried hijacking Real Madrid’s play for Ukrainian keeper Andriy Lunin, something which would have seen them address a huge problem in their defence, as well as get one over the side who beat them in the Champions League final last month.

The Mirror are reporting that the Reds made contact with the 19-year-old stopper in an effort to convince him to move to England instead of Spain this summer.

Unfortunately, though, Los Blancos have announced tying the player down to a six-year deal, with a reported £11m getting negotiations with Zorya Luhansk over the line.

“Real Madrid CF and FC Zorya Luhansk have agreed to the transfer of player Andriy Lunin, who remains linked to the club for the next six seasons,” the Spanish side said in a statement on their official club website.

The Premier League side will have to look elsewhere, with Lunin no longer available, and could possibly reignite their interest in AS Roma’s Alisson Becker, who could still be up for grabs.

Roma, though, have slapped a hefty price tag on the Brazilian and aren’t likely to consider any offers below £80m.


Liverpool have already begun strengthening other departments, having added Naby Keita and Fabinho to their midfield this summer. Goalkeeping issues, though, have plagued the side for the past few seasons and it’s something the will definitely need to rectify if they’re going to improve on last term.


Real Madrid Sign Teenage Goalkeeping Sensation Andriy Lunin on Long-Term Deal

Spanish giants ?Real Madrid have announced reaching a deal with Ukrainian club Zorya Luhansk over a transfer for goalkeeping sensation Andriy Lunin.

The 19-year-old stopper only joined Zorya from boyhood club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk last summer, but his performances between the sticks over the course of last season has prompted Los Blancos to make a move for his services.

The Champions League holders put out a statement via their official website, announcing that they’ve signed the youngster on a six-year deal.

“Real Madrid CF and FC Zorya Luhansk have agreed to the transfer of player Andriy Lunin, who remains linked to the club for the next six seasons,” the statement reads.

While Madrid did not include details regarding a transfer fee, it is believed that they parted with the sum of €14m in order to get the deal over the line.

The club, rumoured to be chasing Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, as well as AS Roma and Brazil stopper Alisson Becker, have gone a completely different route with this latest acquisition, who should prove an able understudy to Keylor Navas if no other changes are made in the goalkeeping department this summer.