Serie A clubs should raid Manchester United this summer

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Serie A clubs should look to the Premier League and Manchester United to conduct their transfer business this summer.

New Red Devils manager Louis Van Gaal is widely expected to wield the axe in the next few weeks, with chief executive Ed Woodward confirming that departures are expected at Old Trafford.

With Italian football financially lacking compared to the top tiers in England, Spain and France, teams will have to rely on the scraps offered by the big clubs around the world as they look to make room for impending arrivals.

Juventus and Inter Milan have already raided United by moving for Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic, in a sign that shows many of the club’s unwanted could move onto foreign shores.

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United’s exodus is expected to see some players depart who, despite having struggled at Old Trafford, remain brilliant in their own right.

AC Milan could be forced to delve into the transfer market for a new striker if Mario Balotelli leaves the San Siro, and would do no better than to attempt to thrash out a deal for Mexican striker Javier Hernandez.

The 26-year-old, who has been linked with rivals Inter Milan, enjoyed a fine debut season on English soil but has toiled ever since and found the net just nine times under David Moyes during the last campaign.

With Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney expected to spearhead the attack and Danny Welbeck a player admired by Van Gaal, Hernandez’s future at the club looks increasingly bleak.

Portuguese winger Nani has also been linked with both Milanese clubs, although any potential move could be scuppered by his high wage demands.

The 27-year-old featured just 13 times in a miserable campaign last term, scoring a solitary goal in the process.

Benitez eyes Kagawa coup

Shinji Kagawa divides opinion over in Manchester, and despite starring for former club Borussia Dortmund, he could also be in line for a move to Italy.

Rooney and Juan Mata remain above him in the pecking order at Old Trafford - something unlikely to change under Van Gaal - which could force the Japanese international out.

Kagawa would fit in amongst any of Italy’s top clubs, and was strongly linked with a move to Napoli in May.

His agent has since denied the speculation, but the chances of his client remaining at Old Trafford are remote.

Best of the rest

Anders Lindegaard is expected to continue to play second fiddle to David de Gea next season in spite of interest from Milan.

English duo Ashley Young and Tom Cleverley are still tipped to depart, but a move to Italy seems unlikely.

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