Manchester United have been linked with several high-profile midfielders this summer as David Moyes looks to strengthen his team, but all identified targets have opted to go elsewhere over a move to Old Trafford.
United fans believed they were close to significantly strengthening their midfield for the first time since Michael Carrick joined from Tottenham back in 2006, but that was soon quashed as Thiago Alcantara opted to join Bayern Munich instead.
In recent years United have been credited with interest in such stars like Lucas Moura (PSG), Eden Hazard (Chelsea) and Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich).
In the last 24 hours it has become clear that the worrying trend of United missing out on midfield maestro's is set to continue with Thiago also joining that list.
While in Bangkok, Moyes stated that United are chasing some big-name signings. Yet, Spain's under-21 captain Thiago has slipped through his fingers, and other long-term target, Kevin Strootman, who is understood to be on the verge of signing for Italian outfit Roma. While Cesc Fabregas has also thought to rather stay in Barcelona than join the Premier League champions.
Moyes may now look to tempt Luka Modric to Old Trafford, even when the great Sir Alex failed to in the past. The most likely option for United will be Everton's Marouane Fellaini, who would likely cost the club around £15m, although Roberto Martinez may be keen to hold on to the player.
Moyes could perhaps call on Adnan Januzaj to fill the void in the middle of the park, as he has impressed during pre-season so far. What ever he chooses, this will be key to how United fair not only in Europe but in the Barclays Premier League next season.
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