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Rumour Mongering: Reds Battle Arsenal for Luka Modric

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Another day, another specious rumour out of Spain. So it goes.

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If it’s a day that ends in day there’s probably a new rumour linking Liverpool with a player they won’t buy coming from Spain’s iconic rumour mongering duo of Diario Gol and Don Balon, and today isn’t any different.

Today, it’s Luka Modric, Real Madrid’s talented 32-year-old midfielder with two years left on his current contract and—according to Diario Gol in this case—concerns about playing time and a desire to return to the Premier League.

As such, the former Tottenham man—in the midst of a difficult season for Madrid that has seen him score a goal and two assists in 19 league appearances—has informed his current club that he wants out this summer.

At least that’s how the story goes as told by Diario Gol, who further claim it’s Liverpool and Arsenal now battling for his signature—with Modric said to be leaning towards the Gunners given his previous time in London.

If a move to Arsenal came to pass it wouldn’t make Modric popular amongst Spurs fans. But then, a move to Arsenal—or Liverpool for that matter—doesn’t seem likely to happen, even if Modric were to leave Madrid.

As talented as his is, at this stage in his career he wouldn’t be a nailed-on starter for either club. Or, for that matter, for any side in a one of the top European leagues with aspirations for domestic and continental silverware.

While the story is of Modric seeing his minutes growing limited and looking for a change, it’s hard to lend it credence. Diario Gol might have been better claiming Madrid wanted to move on as part of a major squad overhaul.