UPDATE, Tuesday 2:27 pm ET: It turns out D.C. United may not be the only MLS club with Modric on its radar, with ESPN.com reporting on Tuesday that Atlanta United and Inter Miami CF have each also expressed interest in the star Croatian. According to the report, D.C. was the only suitor to have held exploratory talks with Modric, who is now under contract with Real Madrid through 2021 after getting extended following a standout 2018.
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With one global star recently departed, D.C. United are reportedly looking to another star to join.
According to The Athletic's Pablo Maurer, United are targeting Real Madrid superstar Luka Modric. The midfielder's contract is set to expire at the end of the 2019-20 season.
D.C. United have moved on from Wayne Rooney. But they may already be eyeing their next European megastar: Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric. I have all the details on @TheAthleticSCCR: https://t.co/K4VDrDPFSS#DCU #RealMadrid— Pablo Maurer (@MLSist) January 6, 2020
Modric, 34, is regarded as one of the world's best central midfielders. The Croatian, who led his country to the 2018 World Cup final, joined Madrid in 2012 from Tottenham and has been a staple in the superclub's starting XI. He won the Ballon d'Or in 2018, the only winner since 2007 who wasn't Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.
He is a four-time winner of the UEFA Champions League, as well as the Club World Cup, and has earned one La Liga title with Madrid. He started his career with Dinamo Zagreb, where he won three league titles.
United's offseason has picked up speed at an astronomical rate of late. Modric is the latest of many names to be linked with the club, while they're widely reported set to sign Peruvian international Edison Flores.