Metro claims that Sir Alex Ferguson has drawn up a list of replacement targets of signings, after the manager’s pursuit of Wesley Sneijder fell through.
Sniejder has long been a target for Ferguson, with the Inter Milan star looking set for a £35 million move this summer. Despite denials from Ferguson last week that a deal was close to being completed, newspapers have continued to speculate that Ferguson is working overtime to make the move happen.
But Ferguson moved again today to quash rumours that a deal has been mapped out for Sneijder to come to Manchester United, telling reporters to “forget it.
“We are looking at some things but I am not so sure Sneijder will be easy to get,” Ferguson said.
But Metro reports that Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger and Valencia’s Juan Mata are at the top of Ferguson’s list to fill the midfield gap that has been left by retiring Paul Scholes.
On top of Scholes’ retirement, Ryan Giggs will be 38 next year, and though the stalwart has maintained great fitness for his age he will no doubt be considering retirement in his short term plans with United.
Mata, who can play in both the wing and midfield position, is reportedly worth around £26 million, and while Arsenal have been targeting the Valencia star, United look to have the edge with a larger transfer budget.
Schweinsteiger, meanwhile, extended his contract with Bayern Munich last December until 2016, but Manchester United are said to believe that if they make the right offer for the star playmaker, said to be worth £30 million, Schweinsteiger’s head may be turned.