Ferguson is leaving transfer business to chief executive David Gill as he travels to the south of France tonight.
The Mirror says Tottenham's Modric remain Ferguson's top target. The Croatian is seen as the man to bring much-needed energy and guile to a midfield that looked tired and devoid of ideas against Barca's ebullient side.
Modric, signed from Dynamo Zagreb for £16m three years ago, has been a long-term target for Ferguson, who only four weeks ago picked out the midfielder as his player of the season. He also spoke highly of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, telling Inside United magazine he had "really emerged as a great young talent".
According to informed United sources, Ferguson views Modric as a perfect replacement for Scholes - an attacking midfielder with a significant goal threat, around whom he can build his new-look line-up.
Modric, who's rated at £25m and could be lured in a player-plus-cash deal that would see Berbatov going back to his former club, has indicated his willingness to leave White Hart Lane following Spurs' failure to qualify next season's Champions League.
"If there's an offer [that's] good for Tottenham and [for] me, then a transfer is of course possible," he said. "When you experience playing in Champions League, you want to keep playing in it."