Manchester United's transfer targets analysed

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Hate to break it to you, but not every player Manchester United are linked with will actually be making the move to Old Trafford during this summer transfer window.

But with a significant transfer budget once again, there is no doubting Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward will will spend big to land some top level players, such is the requirement to further reinforce the squad.

Of all the club's targets, however, who is most realistic to be wearing a Manchester United shirt come the new season?

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Hugo Lloris

Spurs' stopper seems to be crying out for a Champions League club to come and sweep him off his feet and United could be the ones to do it.

He only produced nine clean sheets last season with 48 goals conceded but with a not so solid defence in front of him you can't really hold it against him. Known for his quick reflexes and unorthodox approach, he's definitely a front-runner if David de Gea decides to abandon ship.

Availability: 7/10

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Sergio Ramos

One can only dream! Mr. Ramos has emerged as one of the surprise targets for United this summer. Apparently unhappy with his contract situation in Madrid and with two years left feels like it's time for a change.

I just have this sinking feeling in my stomach that this is all a publicity stunt from his lovely agents to bully Madrid into upgrading his wage packet. He is Real Madrid through and through and I really can't see this happening but if it did, my oh my, would it be a coup for Ed Woodward and his band of merry men.

With his ability to play out from the back and his skills as a tough, mean, old school defender he would without question bring the top quality to a United side that is desperately in need of it.

Availability: 5/10

Nicolas Otamendi

Valencia would like to receive £35m for their prized possession which a lot will say is too much to spend on a centre-half. Is it though? First of all Nicolas Otamendi is a machine; he made on average 2.9 tackles and 7.3 clearances per game last season.

Second of all 80.3 percent of his passes reached their destination which is and impressive feat in itself. He is also exceptionally good in the air and is a commanding presence in the box. In my opinion, he seems the best fit and the most available this summer.

I really hope he is as good in the physically demanding English Premier League as he is in the beautifully technical Liga BBVA of Spain.

Availability: 8/10


Ilkay Gundogan

One name just keeps popping up. In all the transfer gossip sections of all newspapers the whole "Gundogan to United" thing just will not go away. It seems like its the right fit for both parties to be honest.

United need a playmaker to take the load off the ageing Michael Carrick and Ilkay Gundogan seems to want a change of scenery. He certainly has the technical ability to anchor United's playmaking efforts but he's not exactly a commander in the middle of the park and has struggled severely with injury.

Availability: 7/10


Karim Benzema

Another player who has been linked with the Red Devils since before time began! Back when he was plying his trade for Lyon, United seemed certain to get a deal done to bring Benzema to Manchester. It didn't materialise and he headed down to the Spanish capital.

He hasn't been a world-beater since he signed but he is in the same team as some of the biggest talents (and egos) in the game which makes it easy for someone to slip into the crowd.

At United though, he would be the talisman and the spearhead of their attack. Could he get the 20 goals a season? With his finishing ability and his experience at the highest level I think the answer is a big-fat yes!

Availability: 6/10

One thing is for certain, If United can land even two of these players, the big boys in the Premier League had better watch out!

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