Man City, United and Chelsea consider move for 33m Madrid flop Modric
08:17 GMT, 6 January 2013
11:24 GMT, 6 January 2013
Real Madrid flop Luka Modric is reportedly considering a swift switch back to England after failing to light up La Liga.
The former Tottenham midfielder was voted the worst Spanish signing of the season last month having scored just once since his 33million summer move.
And the Premier League’s top clubs are on red alert should he decide to cut his stay in the Spanish capital short, reports the Sunday Mirror.
Flop: Luka Modric has failed to live up to his billing since moving to Real Madrid
Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United are all thought to be monitoring the 27-year-old’s situation with the European champions eyeing him as a replacement for Frank Lampard.
The England midfielder looks set to leave Stamford Bridge when his contract expires at the end of the season.
City boss Roberto Mancini has previously expressed his admiration for Modric and while the Croatian is unlikely to move in the January transfer window, he could leave the Bernabeu in summer.
Ahead of Madrid’s clash with Real Sociedad tonight, he has started just eight games for Jose Mourinho’s side.
Big fan: Roberto Mancini has spoken of his admiration for midfielder Modric
Waiting: Sir Alex Ferguson has also been an admirer of Modric since the midfielder's time at Spurs
Mourinho would be loath to give up on Modric, who Real had tracked for months before finally making the big money swoop.
But the Croatia playmaker has struggled to force his way into the Portuguese manager's plans after an impressive debut. The likes of Xabi Alonso and Mesut Ozil have kept the Croatian out in the cold.
Along with former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song, who moved to Barcelona in the summer, Modric was voted the worst signing of the season by readers of Spanish daily newspaper Marca.
Modric managed to gain 32.2. per cent of the vote, having scored just one goal in 19 games for Real.
Disappointed Jose Mourinho signed Modric from Tottenham last summer
In the cold: Modric has struggled to compete with superstars such as Xabi Alonso (right)
Speaking to Sportske.net, Modric said: 'This is Real Madrid, I know the huge media pressure on transfers.
'I'm not looking for an alibi, I'm not that guy, but it's very demanding to adjust to a huge club like Real Madrid.
'I have had a number of solid performances, I failed in some but overall I proved I can offer something.'
Replacement Modric may be lined up at Stamford Bridge if Frank Lampard were to leave