Fergie given Modric hope
Real Madrid have been warned that Manchester United could swoop if they don't hurry up and make a realistic bid for Luka Modric.
Sir Alex Ferguson has earmarked alternative targets Joao Moutinho and Lucas Moura if he loses out to Real Madrid - who are understood to be the player's first choice destination.
There is interest from the Spanish champions but there has been no progress to the deal with Modric and Spurs both getting frustrated.
Tottenham officials privately acknowledge that they have to cash in on the 26-year-old Croatian this summer - even though he has four years left on his contract - because chairman Daniel Levy allegedly gave his word that he could go of they didn't qualify for the Champions League.
The former Dinamo Zagreb star, who is valued at £35million, wants Real to make a decision by July 17 or he will explore other options.
That could let United in, although Spurs would prefer to sell their playmaker to a club outside the Premier League. Last summer Levy mounted a strong campaign to keep Modric out of the clutches of Chelsea.
United, meanwhile, are exploring other options as Ferguson looks to find the key piece to the jigsaw that could elevate his young squad back to where they were four years ago.
Porto's Moutinho and Sao Paulo's Lucas Moura have been assessed but, despite rumours of bids and top-level United delegations, Modric remains the manager's first choice and the Reds won't move on anybody else until the Croatian is officially no longer an option.