Manchester United have made contact with Real Madrid over signing midfielder Luka Modric. Liverpool are still mulling over a move for Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri. Swansea will swoop for Espanyol’s winger Wakaso.
Manchester United have made contact with Real Madrid over signing midfielder Luka Modric.
Manchester United have been left frustrated after the recent Thiago Alcantara saga and it is no secret that in order to maintain their supremacy in England, they certainly need to strengthen their midfield. Apparently the English Champions have made contact with Real Madrid over a possible move for Croatian star – Luka Modric. The former Spurs’ midfielder is one of the finest midfielders in Europe and will add value to any team he goes to. His ability to dictate the tempo from deeper in the middle of the pitch is second to none and at 27, he is perhaps at the peak of his abilities. His versatility to play anywhere along the vertical depth of the midfield is an asset which will come handy for Manchester United.
Modric was bought by Real Madrid in 2012 for an estimated sum of £33 million – for a five-year deal. He still has 4 years left on his contract and Ancelotti, the Madrid boss, is known for his penchant for creative players in the middle of the pitch. So luring away Modric won’t be an easy task for Moyes and co. Moreover, he has an estimated salary of about £6.6 million a year – roughly £125,000 a week. Manchester United has a wage bill of about £4 million a week and Modric will not be easy on the bills – as he’d not be willing to negotiate for anything less than his current salary. All in all, this move seems to be yet another wild goose chase for Moyes and United.
Liverpool are still mulling over a move for Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri.
Liverpool are perhaps ready to cash in on their star striker Luis Suarez – for an estimated sum of about £40 million. And there are not too many players who can create as good an impact on the pitch as done by the mercurial Uruguayan. Reports suggest that the English club have set their sight on want-away Bayern midfielder Xhedran Shaqiri. The arrival of Mario Gotze and Thiago Alcantara further stunts the Swiss prodigy’s chances and, often touted as the ‘Swiss Lionel Messi’, Shaqiri may want to take his chances at regular first team football.
Liverpool were poised to spend £20m on Henrikh Mkhitaryan but the latter chose Dortmund instead. However, Bayern authorities have made it clear that there has been no approach.
“Nobody has called about Shaqiri. Right now there are no plans to sell. The coach is completely satisfied with him – I think we will go into the season with the current squad,” Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern chief executive.
After a wonderful display against Manchester United in the UEFA Champions and a host of other teams, Shaqiri was bought for £9 million from Basel last summer. Despite his contract running till 2016, a bid in the region of £15-£18 million might just be enough to test the resolve of the Bayern administration.
Swansea will swoop for Espanyol’s winger Wakaso.
Swansea under former Barcelona and Real Madrid star, Michael Laudrup, have been spectacular last season and has shown sensational business sense, with the acquisition of Michu, who took the Premier League by storm last season. After the acquisition of former Vitesse striker, Wilfried Bony, the Swans are reported to be on the look-out for Espanyol and Ghana midfielder, Wakaso Mubarak. Laudrup’s indepth knowledge of the Spanish League has enabled the Premier League club to target and buy the best of talents at dirt-cheap prices and Michu (for 2.26 million Pounds from Rayo Vallecano), Amat (for 2.55 million Pounds from Espanyol) and Pablo Hernández (for 6.16 million Pounds from Valencia), bear testimony to that.
Wakaso is just 22 and has been a key figure for Espanyol, last season. He is predominantly a left sided player and can play anywhere on the left side – left midfield, left wing and even left back. His versatility is exactly the trait that suits Swansea and Laudrup might just pull off yet another sensational move should the Swans swoop in on the young Ghanaian. Recently, he ended up as the top scorer in the Africa Cup of Nations along with Emmanuel Emmenike of Nigeria. His addition will further strengthen the Swansea squad and with that they may even dream of an incredible Champions League spot.