London: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will begin a summer of significant rebuilding at Old Trafford with a 20-million-pound bid for Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric.
According to a newspaper report, Ferguson is already planning for the future and is poised to open negotiations with Tottenham for Modric, a player he has admired for a long time.
With the Scot telling friends recently that he may continue at Old Trafford for as long as three more years, he knows that he must add to his squad if he is to close the gap on Europe’s No 1 team Barcelona.
United is also poised to bid for the Aston Villa forward Ashley Young, a move for Modric would appear to indicate that Ferguson feels he needs a greater variety of attacking options.
United will face stern resistance from Tottenham when they open the bidding for Croatian star Modric as they have already taken Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov from White Hart Lane in recent years.
Modric, 25, is also under contract until 2016 and has stated that he is not looking to leave.