Man Utd beat Chelsea to sign Modric

Ferguson offers Spurs playmaker four-year bumper deal

Manchester United are set to beat Chelsea for Spurs playmaker Luka Modric once he returns from the Euros, it has been reported in the British press.

United are reportedly offering the Croatian a four-year contract worth £25 million, with a weekly wage of £125,000, according to the Sun newspaper.

However, it appears Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who successfully held of Chelsea's advances 12 months ago when they made a £35 million bid, is intent on keeping Modric at White Hart Lane during this transfer window.

The 26-year-old is currently with his country at Euro 2012 and is expected to sign for the Red Devils when he returns.

United were recently beaten to the signing of Lille winger Eden Hazard by Chelsea after the club thought they were favourites to land the 21-year-old.

Sir Alex Ferguson wants to rebuild his squad after his team finished without a trophy last season, having signed Japanese attacker Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund for £17m. He is also apparently interested in Everton full-back Leighton Baines and Newcastle defensive midfielder Cheick Tiote.

Tottenham will reportedly do all they can to prevent Modric from leaving to join Manchester United.

But with Spurs missing out on the Champions League due to Chelsea lifting the trophy, Levy will find it difficult to prevent Modric from leaving.


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