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Wednesday’s transfer news: Modric may Luk’ elsewhere

by Rob Dore | May 30, 2012

Another day brings another day of rehashed and newly imagined transfer rumours. Some of which may even turn out to be true.

Here’s a look at a few of the tastier tid-bits.

With Manchester United’s £12-£17m transfer for Shinji Kagawa (23) seemingly all but sealed, Alex Ferguson has apparently turned his attentions to Tottenham’s Luka Modric (26). The Croatian midfielder has put off thinking about his future until after Euro 2012. A decision heavily influenced by Spurs not qualifying for next season’s Champions League. He has hummed and hawed his way through the last few transfer windows and we may finally see him leave. But after the Euros.

Spurs may find themselves shorn of even more midfield talent if the rumour linking Rafael van der Vaart (29) to Schalke carries any water. The Dutchman is another who wants to be playing Champions League football. The £10m price tag mentioned in the Daily Mail seems a little low and a particularly good performance in Ukraine/Poland will push that up considerably.

Where will the City spending spree start?

Manchester City are being linked with Rafael’s Dutch team-mate Wesley Sneijder (26) after failing to land Eden Hazard. A player who has been linked to Manchester United on more than one occasion, the price tag is thought to be close to £30m. With Inter Milan not in the Champions League and Manchester City prepared to pay him a whole lot of money, he could well be tempted. Having appeared close to exit door before, Sneijder is likely to move on after Euro 2012.

Bayern Munich are the latest side to be linked with City’s Edin Dzeko (26) according to Sky Sports. After their finishing display in the Champions League final it’s no surprise Bayern are on the look our for goal scorers. Dzeko will likely go for considerably less than the £27m City paid Wolfsburg two seasons ago. An under-rated player who scored 19 goals in 40 games last season despite being Roberto Mancini’s fourth choice front-man.

City wing-man Adam Johnson (24) has been linked to Manchester United, Sunderland and Newcastle. The later two being the more likely destinations. Johnson has failed to deliver consistently enough at the Etihad Stadium by may benefit from playing at a club with less lofty expectations. £10m sounds about right.

Liverpool have been linked with Real Madrid midfielder Hamit Altimtop (29) and Juventus winger Milos Krasic (27) but with a new manager soon to be appointed, these targets could yet change.

In transfer rumours you’ll care little about unless you support the club in question, Fulham’s Andy Johnson (31) could be set for a move to the United Arab Emirates. Jussi Jasakalainen (37) could be set to swap his seat on the Bolton bench for a seat on the West Ham bench. The 2nd-choice stopper has yet to sign the two-year contract extension he has been offered.

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