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Manchester United: £20m transfer targets

Will Van persie be joining the United ranks this summer? (©GettyImages)
Will Van persie be joining the United ranks this summer? (©GettyImages).

Manchester United are set to spend another £20 million in this summer’s transfer market, according to the club’s chief operating officer, Michael Bolingbroke.

The club has already spent £21m on new players, with Shinji Kagawa drafted in from Borussia Dortmund (£17m) and Nick Powell making the move from Crewe Alexandra (£4m).

Having recouped some cash from the sale of Park Ji-Sung, the Red Devils are well positioned to make another assault in the window, according to Bolingbroke, and manager Sir Alex Ferguson will have money at his disposal if he wants it.

"We are giving guidance at the moment that the current transfer period could result in net expenditure nearer £40million," he said at an investor roadshow ahead of the club's IPO.

So which players are on the Red Devils radar, and how much will they cost? GMF looks at the top United targets over the next month…

Robin Van Persie – Arsenal

The Arsenal striker will be on the financial limit for United, who reportedly had a £15 million rejected for the player almost a fortnight ago.

‘RVP’ scored 30 goals in the Premier League last season, taking home the Golden Boot, and appears to have left his injury problems behind him over the last 18 months at the Emirates Stadium.

Pairing Van Persie alongside Wayne Rooney would be a masterstroke by Ferguson, and could be the difference in the fight to regain the title from Manchester City.
 

Lucas Moura – Sao Paulo

Brazil’s rising star might just be beyond the budget of Manchester United, who have been courting the talented teenager for a fee in the region of €27 million.

Speculation that Inter Milan have struck a deal for the player might suggest that his future lies away from Old Trafford, but until one of the club officially confirms a deal, his signature is still up for grabs.

A playmaker with prodigious talent, the large figure would suggest that Lucas is a transfer gamble, but he could be the long-term successor of Paul Scholes is things went well.
 

Leighton Baines – Everton

Manchester United have been linked with a number of players in the left back position, including Ashley Cole, but a move for Baines seems like the more realistic proposition.

Everton are thought to want in the region of £15 million for the player, slightly more than the Red Devils are willing to pay for the former Wigan Athletic star.

However, if an agreement can be reached, United could have a long-term replacement for Patrice Evra, who was prone to a mistake at Old Trafford last season.
 

Moussa Dembele – Fulham

The 25-year-old international has been a shock target for a number of top clubs, according to his agent, and the latest speculation is that United have had a £7m offer rejected for the player.

Having moved to Premier League outfit Fulham in 2010, Dembele took time to settle at Craven Cottage, but impressed last season and is now set for bigger-and-better things.

Whilst his addition would not set pulses rating at Old Trafford, he’d certainly add depth to the forward line and is also capable of playing in an attacking midfield role.
 

Nuri Sahin – Real Madrid

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has admitted that the highly-rated midfielder could be available this summer, but the big question will be whether Los Blancos are willing to either sell or loan the player.

Ferguson would move for either Moura or Sahin, and the Turkish player has a number of attributes that would make him an ideal candidate for a move to United.

Arsenal and Spurs are also thought to be keen on the player, suggesting last season’s Premier League runners-up might have to spend a decent sum to secure the signature.

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