Bid is an opening salvo and Fergie will go higher for the Croatia star PLUS Reds won't pay Everton above £15m for Baines because of his age
Manchester United are ready to test Tottenham’s resolve to keep Luka Modric – with a £22million bid.
The Croatia midfielder has been on Sir Alex Ferguson's wish-list for some time.
But although Tottenham value him at around £30m, United are unwilling to pay that much for the 26-year-old playmaker.
United believe Spurs' failure to secure Champions League football next season has eased their task of landing Modric.
The player tried to force through a move to Chelsea last summer but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy refused to let him leave.
It seems Modric is now ready to submit another transfer request, with Tottenham unlikely to stand in his way for a second summer.
However, Spurs will hold out for as much money as they can, and United are certain to have to increase their initial offer.
Ferguson has already signed Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund and is keen to add Modric and Everton and England defender Leighton Baines.
Ferguson wants Baines to replace left-back Patrice Evra, who has been first choice in the position for the past five seasons but looked vulnerable last season.
Nothing lasts for Evra: Baines could be Manchester United's left-back next season
Everton, who are adamant that Baines is not for sale, value the 27-year-old at around £20m - a figure United are not prepared to pay.
Although there is always a higher premium on English players, United value Baines at no more than £15m, as his age means he's unlikely to have re-sale value.
Baines, who arrived with the England squad in Krakow on Wednesday ahead of Monday’s Euro 2012 opener against France, said he was “flattered” to have been linked with United.
A deal for him is unlikely to be done until England’s participation in the tournament concludes.
Didnt Spurs reject a 40m bid from Chelsea last season.
Suspect it's a smoke screen since Utd already got Kagawa.
Boss Alex Ferguson has offered Tottenham a £25million fee, rising to £30m based on appearances and success.
Modric, 26, will be handed a four-year deal worth £26m.
His wages of £125,000 a week will put him among the big earners at Old Trafford.
Modric has kept up to date with talks while at Euro 2012 with Croatia and will seal the move on his return.
Spurs held off interest from Chelsea to hold on to the midfielder last year.
The Croatian said he had no intention of quitting Spurs having signed a six-year deal in May 2010.
United boss Fergie signed Japanese star Shinji Kagawa this week and wants Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote and Everton left-back Leighton Baines — but refuses to match the £20m valuations on each.
let's wait till he signs on the dotted line.
anything can happen before that..
and even if signed I don't think these two signings will set shivers down the blues' spines..
Yes don't bet on this deal not being hijacked.
Warming up: Luka Modric (centre) during a Croatia training session in Warka
Tottenham will demand at least £35million from Manchester United for Croatia midfielder Luka Modric.
United are set to beat Chelsea to the Spurs playmaker, once the he returns from Euro 2012, but had hoped to pay around £25m initially with a further £5m in performance-related additions.
Modric is in line for a bumper four-year contract worth £125,000-a-week, and £26m in all.
The 26-year-old midfielder is preparing for Euro 2012 with the Croatia squad but will sort his future once his tournament is over.
But with Harry Redknapp's side narrowly missing out on Champions League football next season, the club look likely to lose several big stars this summer.
tottenham want 35M
they should juz sold to chelsea for 40M
Actually already got Kagawa why need Modric still? They both like play in the same position right although Kagawa can play on the wing as well la.
time to get rid nani
Oil-rich Paris side watched the Spurs star in Euros action on Sunday and are ready to offer £30million - £8m more than Fergie's failed bid
Big-spending Paris Saint Germain have made a move for Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric.
The oil-backed French side could end up wrecking Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson’s hopes of landing Croatia midfielder Modric , as it is believed they are ready to offer £30million-plus.
United have already had a £22m bid knocked back, and Ferguson is growing frustrated in his attempts to land Modric.
PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti has identified Modric as one of his top targets this summer, and had scouts at Croatia’s Euro 2012 win over the Republic of Ireland on Sunday.
Tottenham refused to sell Modric last summer when Chelsea targeted him and chairman Daniel Levy is unlikely to allow him to go without a fight this time.
Euro star: Ancelotti hopes to get Modric to go from England to France
It is also believed Modric would prefer a move to Old Trafford rather than PSG, but the French club have made things very complicated for Fergie as he attempts to land him.
Modric insists he is only focused on Euro 2012 and is refusing to elaborate on his future.
He said: “I’m with the national team. I am a Spurs player and it’s not down to me to speak about it.”
This latest development is a further concern for Spurs, who are also facing major uncertainty over manager Harry Redknapp this summer.
Redknapp, who has one year left on his current £3m-a-year contract, has stated publicly that he wants a new deal but negotiations with Levy have reached breaking point.
Tottenham will not give Redknapp a new contract this summer and are prepared to allow him to go into the final year of his deal.
But those tactics may leave Redknapp’s future at the club in doubt, especially as a Middle Eastern consortium is ready to offer him a job in Qatar.