- Modric's excellent work at Spurs had garnered attention from Sir Alex's United side in 2011.
- But a deal couldn't go through as United were unwilling to negotiate with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
- Modric ended up moving to Real Madrid in 2012.
According to the Athletic, United were interested in signing the Croatian back then but didn’t go through with it as Sir Alex Ferguson just didn’t like negotiating with the cunning businessman.
United had to go through a lot of trouble when signing Dimitar Berbatov from the North-London side in 2008 and didn’t want a repeat of such a stretched saga once again.
Levy instead had to sell Modric to Real Madrid, who helped him achieve his full potential. Indeed, the Croatian went on to win three successive Champions League titles with Los Blancos before winning the Ballon D’or in 2018 as well.