The Gunners were targeting Modric over the summer as Mikel Arteta was keen to bolster his offensive options.
Reports indicated that Shakhtar Donetsk wanted “crazy” money for the wing Arsenal seem unwilling to pay at the moment.
It was clear that Arteta was eager to bring in another winger to compete with Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli in the summer window.
But now Jacobs has revealed why he didn’t pressure the Gunners to sign talented modric.
Modric really wants to move to Arsenal
“Modrik is on Arsenal’s radar but they didn’t make any bid in the last window but they certainly inquired about the player,” he said. Jacobs said to the football hall.
“He is very open to Arsenal transfer if they come and there is almost a similarity between Modric and Yuri Tillmann in that regard.
“Tilmans said frankly that he wanted Arsenal but Arsenal never came and with Modric, he now said officially to myself that if Arsenal made an offer it would be very difficult to say no, but Arsenal did not move.
One of the reasons why they did not move is that Shakhtar are asking for more than 50 million euros and Arsenal’s valuation is close to 30 million euros.
“In January the interested parties may be able to meet somewhere in the middle, but the challenge from a potential buyer’s perspective is that if Modric continues to score in the Champions League and is now two for two and his goal against Celtic is an absolute rocket, the price will only go up. .
“And of course, if Shakhtar go through to the knockout stages, they will have the Champions League beyond January, and he might convince Modric to stay and then go in a year’s time instead of January.”
Jacobs went on to say that the Gunners are still interested in signing a creative wide player. And Arteta firmly believes that Modric could play this role in Arsenal’s squad on either wing.
The CBS sports journalist also stated that there is a “real chance” if Arsenal decides to confirm their interest in the player.
But Arteta’s men are not planning to make an offer to the player at the moment.
“But at the moment Arsenal are not planning a show, I think that’s a bit too strong, in January,” Jacobs added.
“But what they do is keep an eye on the situation because they know he’s one of the best talents.”
Modric has had some great performances in the Champions League so far this season, scoring two goals in two matches.
There is no doubt that the 21-year-old has a great future ahead of him, but the two clubs appear to be very far apart on their star ratings.
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