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Manchester United need triple deal for Chelsea outcasts

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We are undeniably at that ridiculous transfer merry-go-round stage of footballing calendar, but lets face it... we love it really.

With the transfer window not opening until July, all that we tend to hear at this stage is transfer rumours involving the best players, and contract wranglings around indecisive clubs and players.

Chelsea, as always, have bubbled their way to boiling pot in the big, messy transfer saucepan.

The futures of the 'old guard' have all been up in the air at one stage or another. Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and John Terry have found themselves in the unusual position of not knowing whether they'll be at Stamford Bridge next year or not.

It seems slightly strange doesn't it? Three veteran, influential and home-grown stars must be able to command their place at their long-term club?

You'll probably all be shouting at your screens at this point because Terry has in fact signed a new deal. But why the delay? They knew for a long time that this situation would arise, they know what their captain brings to the club. A lack of respect? - maybe. Should he have ditched their offer? - maybe. 

On the contrary, Cole and Lampard recently had their names unceremoniously dumped on the Premier League's yearly released list. The latter may be negotiating still, but again - surely Chelsea know whether they would or wouldn't want the central midfielder.

With the same levels of confusion in west London as you would see on the tube during rush-hour, it should be the cue for Manchester United to stir.

The Red Devils have had their own hectic start to the summer as they made fans play the waiting game before revealing what the worst-kept secret in football that Louis van Gaal would replace the sacked David Moyes as manager after the World Cup.

Let's all presume they have started, but just in case they haven't, it is time to start providing the Dutch boss with the tools to chisel greatness back into a side that were statuesque at times last year.

It may not seem an ideal port-of-call at first, but Chelsea's outcast trio would be the perfect starting point for van Gaal.

Old Trafford fans, at the moment, must be looking upon the new season with a pinch of trepidation that they are without a top quality centre-back. 

With the greatest respect to Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans: none of them exude an air of confidence that will comfort supporters of their ability to repel an attack from the likes of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. 

Calm yourselves and step forward John Terry.

As mentioned already, he signed a new contract but it took its time. Like a failing marriage which has temporarily healed to die another day, there could be a get-out plan with a new lover - in this case a football club - to provide what all three parties really want, but are too afraid to say.

The former England captain would provide an experienced head at the back to replace Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, he could mentor the aforementioned defenders to reach a new level.

One-year contract at Chelsea? - that wouldn't be too hard for United chiefs to better.

Now, to the left, to the left (sorry Beyonce), Ashley Cole would be perfect for the left-back role at Manchester United.

I challenge you to find a fan that would take Patrice Evra over Cole. The French star may have signed a one-year contract extension but there is another Premier League veteran who would have been more deserving of it.

Cole graciously stepped-aside for United target Luke Shaw in England's World Cup squad. The 33-year-old said himself on Twitter that the Saints youngster is the future. What a pleasure it would be for duo to join up under van Gaal. 

Forget the MLS Ashley, you're too good for that still, and United really should take notice of that and snap up this freebie.

Last and certainly not least is Frank Lampard, he could complete the experienced revolution at Old Trafford.

All of last season, David Moyes was crying out for a goal-scoring central midfielder. All that time, England's stalwart was sitting on the bench with Jose Mourinho.

With Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs now gone from the midfield, the Red Devils lack a motivator on the pitch - the 35-year-old, even if only for a year, can help the emerging crop.

We still see the 100+ cap international leading the way for club and country when picked. He must be worth a punt.

In conclusion, I am not suggesting the trio be at the forefront of United's marquee arrivals, but they can provide the grit, experience and determination that van Gaal might just need when he inherits a squad low on confidence, belief and skill.

Chelsea, you should have taken note. It could be too late.

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Chelsea
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Ashley Cole
Manchester United
John Terry
Premier League
Frank Lampard

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