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Paul Robinson believes Manchester United would be interested in signing Luka Modric if the veteran left Real Madrid. The Croatia international has been at the Bernabeu since 2012. But with his contract expiring, a move to another location may be a possibility.

Manchester United are currently well equipped for midfield players.

They still have Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek, although the duo has been regularly linked with a move away from Old Trafford over the past year.

They also have Nemanja Matic, Fred, Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes at their disposal as well.

However, Robinson, the former Leeds and Tottenham goalkeeper, believes United would be in a competitive position to sign Modric should he leave Real Madrid at the end of the season.

The veteran has less than a year left on his contract in Spain and has been targeted by United in the past.

Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson said: “I think any of the top six clubs would be interested in signing Luka Modric, including Man United.

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Tottenham sold him to Real Madrid in 2012 because they did not want to allow such a good player to join a direct competitor.

Modric has been very successful at the Bernabeu in the past decade, helping them win four Champions League titles.

United have pounced on a few veterans in recent years.

They signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016, where the veteran helped them win the Carabao Cup and the Europa League.

United arrived at Edinson Cavani last year, and the Uruguay international has also moved from Paris Saint-Germain.

And just this summer, the Red Devils brought Cristiano Ronaldo back 12 years after his departure to Real Madrid.

Meanwhile, it was Riccardo Piccini who spotted Modric while playing for Zrringski Mostar, on loan from Dinamo Zagreb.

Recently speaking to Goal, he talked about how the midfielder left him impressed and how his move to Tottenham came later.

“I think the model that we set and developed at Tottenham allowed us to bring in players like (Luka) Modric and (Dimitar) Berbatov because we were all working in perfect harmony,” he said.

He added: “When I first saw him, he was playing in Bosnia (on loan to Zrzynski Mostar in 2003-04) and I was left in shock because he was just a kid, and he wasn’t even half his age.

“He had an extraordinary talent, though.

“Then we explored him for two years and as he got older it became easier for him to play in my league where it wasn’t easy for young children physically.

“From there, he became an international and we followed his journey and development closely, but from the first day I watched him play, I was convinced that I saw a champion.

“Damian came with me to see him four or five times. We spoke to the boy.

“Then, for now, it’s time to make a decision, (Tottenham boss) Daniel Levy and Damien have done a very good job persuading Dynamo to give it to us because, as a client, it hasn’t been easy. [to deal with]. “

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