Man U face £30m Modric war, Arsenal chase Giroud, Dzagoev

Jun 12, 2012
Bill Mann

Luka Modric could spark bidding war with PSG; Arsenal close in on Giroud

A MIGHTY row appears to be brewing between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain with Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric (pictured) the cause of the dispute. According to the Daily Mirror, the French outfit were in Poland on Sunday to run the rule over Modric as he helped Croatia to a 3-1 win over Ireland.

So impressed were PSG that they "are ready to offer £30 million" to Spurs, a whopping £8m more than United's initial bid. The Mirror says that Alex Ferguson got short shrift from the Lilywhites when he suggested that they might be willing to part with Modric for £22m, but PSG's opening offer is more likely to find favour with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

Apparently PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti regards Modric as a vital piece of his jigsaw as the Parisian club prepare for next season's Champions League. Having been taken over by a Qatari consortium in 2010, PSG have pots of cash and it's believed they're prepared to go higher than £30m if necessary in their bid to land Modric.

There could be more bad news on the cards for United with the Daily Mail reporting that Poland star Robert Lewandowski will be staying with Borussia Dortmund next season. The striker had been widely tipped to be heading to Old Trafford along with teammate Shinji Kagawa, who has already joined United.

However Dortmund's chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has denied the rumours, insisting that even if United offer £40m he will not be moving. "It does not matter if we are to receive bids," he told the snappily-titled Sportinformationsdienst. "I have said for weeks that Robert will be back in training with our club after Euro 2012 and his holiday leave. And this is what will happen."

Over at Arsenal there is good news and bad news. On the positive front it seems that the Gunners are closing in on Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud. But the paper that bears the good tidings, the ever-reliable Daily Mail, also carries a warning, and says if Giroud does head to the Emirates it will be to form a new-look strikeforce with Lukasz Podolski because Robin Van Persie is heading for pastures new. The paper reports that Manchester City and Juventus are the most likely destinations for Van Persie.

However, all is not lost in north London. The Metro says that Arsenal are in talks with Zenit St. Petersburg about a deal for Andrey Arshavin. The Russian striker was farmed out to Zenit in January on loan, helping the club win the domestic league title, and now he wants to sign on permanently.

That shouldn't be a problem for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who has long since tired of Arshavin's inconsistency, and all that remains is to agree a fee. The Metro says the clubs are in "informal talks" with Zenit valuing Arshavin at £5m. That's not enough, say the Gunners, who bought him from the Russian club in 2008 for £15m and "have asked for closer to £8 million".

Arsenal are pursuing young Russian midfielder Alan Dzagoev according to Bleacher Report, and although they haven't had the best of luck with Russian transfers (see: Arshavin, Andrey), they should try to close the deal on this rising star. The 21-year-old Dzagoev has recently has risen to world-wide recognition with his stellar play at Euro 2012, scoring two goals in Russia's 4-1 rout of the Czech Republic in their opening match.

In other news Talksport claims that Premier League champions Manchester City are tracking Brazilian teenager Leo Bonatini. The 17-year-old striker, who was first linked to the Sky Blues in December 2011, is currently with Brazilian club Cruzeiro who are anxious to hold on to Bonatini.

But what City want they usually get and Talksport report that the youngster is stalling over signing a new contract and has let it be known that he could be open to a move to England.

However, Italian outfit Juventus are also interested and Cruzeiro, if they realise the game is up, might try and get as much as they can for Bonatini by playing the two European giants off against each other.

Schalke boss Huub Stevens claims the German club are battling with Liverpool FC for the signature of Chelsea's Salomon Kalou, according to The 26-year-old Ivory Coast international will leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer this summer as his contract expires on July 1 and he is currently considering his options. Stevens is keen to lure him to the Bundesliga outfit but says Kalou is also wanted at Anfield. "Kalou is a Bosman player," he said. "It's obvious - there are many other clubs keen on him. Liverpool for example. But I know for sure he wants to move away from England. This might be our chance."

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants Tottenham Hotspur defender Steven Caulker to be his first signing at Anfield according to Caught Offside. The Welshman believes Caulker is good enough to challenge for a first team spot at Anfield and this could tempt the youngster to push for a move. Spurs already have French international defender Younes Kaboul on their books and are close to finalising a deal to bring Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen to White Hart Lane.

Finally, the Sun reports that Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has been told where to get off by Ajax after his initial bid of £4m for their midfielder Vurnon Anita.

The Dutch champions are demanding twice as much for the highly-rated 23-year-old Anita and Ajax manager Ronald De Boer is adamant he won't sell for less than £8m.

Anita, capped three times by Holland, has attracted a host of admirers after a strong 2011-12 season but Newcastle are believed to be determined to land the playmaker. The Sun says Pardew is growing fearful that he might lose Cheick Tiote to either Chelsea or Manchester United and sees Anita as a ready-made replacement.

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Spurs have never said they will sell Modric ...  and if we were to it would not be for less than the £40 million we were offered by Chelski last season ... so why believe the lies by the national press??

Modric to PSG

Ahh, dont you love Alex and his merry media man. Suddenly 30 million is a crazy amount. Do they really think Levy would let him go less than 35, if not 40. Levy last year told him he can rot in the reserves. Man U, Chelsea and others should pay up or shut up - and yes the same applies to Spurs if they want to buy other players.

Apparently it's not his journo doing the talking though, else why would MU be "angry"? Anyone can bid for anyone. Period. Them's the rules, so don't see why MU would be upset. Besides, as has been said, this is all just wind-up talk for the transfer season.

It's the Daily Mirror, for gawd's sake! Think for yourself much?

haha, either a very lazy story or the typical sneaky unsettling tactics of Manchester Utd. Not only are they maybe unsettling Modric but they have somehow lowered his value in the media top 30 million. He still has four years left on his contract, only one less than last yeasr when we rejected £40 million and arguably his value has increased (esp after the Euros).

Don't mind selling Modric, as long as Spurs move Bale in to his position alongside Sandro OR parker (not sandro AND parker) and bring in one of our youth players to the left wing. We have many speed left wingers waiting for that spot.

If we are to sell him, I'd be happy to see him go over sea's. Spurs are not as weak as Arsenal, we don't need to sell to other top clubs contending for the top 4 spots.

Just a typical page filler! No truth.


Why would you want to move Bale into central midfield? He is hardly a playmaker or a subtle orchestrator of possession. Would think he would be better off on the wing and allowed to come inside from the wing, like last season. 

Where do the arseholes in the mirror, sun, mail etc get this rubbish from? I'll tell you where, in their dreams. They make up stories on the hoof, playing fantasy football with each other. Lets not forget that Modric still has 4 years remaining on his current contract with Spurs and no buyout clause inserted. The same monkeys were trying to sell him off to Cheatski last year and we all know what happened there. If Daniel Levy decides to dig his heels in then it doesnt matter if Modric and his agent run to the press or the United Nations for help, he wont get it. Daniel Levy does not have to sell, get it in your thick Northern heads and will not under any circumstances sell his best players to the opposition in the EPL while Spurs are on the up. He may have sold Carrick and Berbatov to Manure in the past but circumstances are vastly different at Spurs these days end of.

sorry fella, but if you're going to comment on someones use of grammar, its best you spell the word correctly. lol

Do you mean Grammar?

Good. I hope Paris get him. I don't want him at United. He's a lightweight. Spurs delude themselves with how good they think he is. Give me Newcastles Tiote over Modric any day of the week

I support Spurs and would happily accept 30m for Luka. He is great with the ball but his stats on goals and assists isn't good enough to warrant a price tag like that. I believe we could replace him with someone else who can do a good job. Especially if we swap a player who wants to leave with one that wants to play for Spurs. Christian Eriksen is a name that pops to mind. What do you think?

PSG and Man Utd willl need to offer a lot more than £30 million. I cannot see Levy letting him go for anything less than £40 million and why should he. Modric still has four years to run on his contract so really he doesn't have to sell. I think for Man Utd to offer £22 million is  ridiculous and anyway they don't have a prayer because Levy will not sell to them because his reputation would be shot because he would be known as a Man Utd feeder.

This is a load of utter BS. It only quotes the antiSpurs rag, the Mirror, which has absolutely no insider infromation from Spurs! It's totally made up by Mirror reporters, you know the best of the UK's borstal system!


I don't want him at United. He's a lightweight. £30m? £40M? Buy him Paris please!! I want Tiote from Newcastle, myself. We've got creative players. We need a ball winner, someone with a backbone. Get over yourselves, spurs fans. I wouldnt pay more than about £15m for Modric

BOTH PSG and Utd can fook off. United for a second time actually. Anderson's Modric with more pace anyway so why don't they use him instead.

Has Modric played to the same level this year? No. So why would he be worth the same money? Transfer amounts are also performance related.

Because Modric won't play for a club not in the ECL so you will have to take the best offer you can get.  Shame.

My heart bleeds for the OT scum


transfer amounts are related to what the owner of the player wants to accept!  Enter Daniel Levy... If United havent got the money, fair enough, but they need to stop bleating in the press, they are making themselves look paupers.

£40M?  No thanks Chelsea!  
£22m?  Oh go on then United, we'll think about it.  
Whats that £12m?  Go on then, you've twisted our arm!!!£8m it is then, but we dont take a penny more than £5m.
And we'll throw Bale in as well.
Oh and dont, worry about the money, just keep it.

slow news day, every day, it seems!.....

Or not take it at all.  As they don't need to sell. Very simple concept really, unsure why so many seem to be struggling with it.

Great news  keep Modric away from Man U as money talks in todays game and PSG are not in Glazier type debt, more like Man city swimming in cash.
Over 35M should buy another player to replace Modric, with Sandro ,Parker and Thud do not need a tackling cm player so any good playmaker should do, especially if the spurs can secure Vertonghen's signature as would also have a rock solid defence

SO, why are manure bidding for him, if he is now crapo?

Define Muphry's Law...

It's the same every transfer window, the spin doctors at OT with Whiskey faces blessing, spread the word to all the tabloids of their intended targets and how much they will offer, remarkably predictable. Spurs were burnt by it twice, They won't fall for it again. You lot are the last club that Levy will let any of our players go to. We finished in a CL position. I think he would rather go to a league winning team like Citeh. Oh how it pleases to witness your bow to the noisy neighbour :-)