Manchester United will make a surprise signing; who will it be?

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Manchester United are currently in the USA for pre-season, but a notable member of the staff has just flown home.

Chief Executive Ed Woodward has flown back to the UK, supposedly to wrap up a couple of signings. Who could they be?

Louis van Gaal has said that the Red Devils are in the market for a 'surprise signing' that the media hasn't linked them with. This narrows the possibilities down considerably, as every high-profile player under the sun, from Cristiano Ronaldo to Mario Gotze, has been linked with them. Let's take a look at five players that this mystery man could be.


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With the departure of Robin van Persie and the termination of Falcao's loan, United are left rather short of forward options. Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and James Wilson are the only viable candidates.

Hernandez has a broken collarbone and Wilson has little Premier League experience. There is every possibility that the surprise signing is a striker to either partner or provide backup to Rooney, but which striker hasn't been linked with a move to United?

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We can rule out the likes of PSG duo Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller, Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Barcelona's Pedro, Real Madrid's Karim Benzema or Gareth Bale, along with most Premier League forwards.

One name that hasn't got too much of a mention is VfV Stuttgart frontman Timo Werner. At the tender age of 19 he has a long career ahead of him, and is already established in the starting eleven of the Bundesliga side.

However, despite having played for the international side at every youth level up to the U19 side, he has yet to make his senior debut and would definitely be one for the future rather than having an instant impact.

An incredibly quick player, he could be the answer to United's obvious lack of pace in the team, although he is an unfinished product and has no proven Premier League pedigree whatsoever.



Despite already signing two high-profile players in midfield, no position is ever too strong and Van Gaal may look for further reinforcements. Once again, the Red Devils have been linked with a range of players, all of which are proven. But will the man in charge go for someone who has potential rather than an expensive shirt-seller? 

United have forever been linked with Roma duo Kevin Strootman and Miralem Pjanic, but a third member of their midfield is scarcely mentioned. Alessandro Florenzi is a solid box-to-box midfielder who has the best years ahead of him at the age of 24.

He is also incredibly versatile. Despite being played most often in the central midfield role, he can also play as a winger and full-back, and could be exactly the high-energy player that Van Gaal may look to partner the ageing legs of Bastian Schweinsteiger.

But, realistically, there are better options out there, and other areas need to be strengthened before any more midfield acquisitions.



Having already bought Matteo Darmian from Torino, it is a dead cert that at least one other player will be purchased for this department. The main link here for the summer has been Sergio Ramos, but Real have stated he is not for sale.

What about his out-of-favour team mate, France international Raphael Varane? The arrival of Carlo Ancelotti reduced his playing time massively, and he may want a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu to fulfil his potential.

Despite previously being linked to the Manchester club, this summer has seen their interest in him dwindle. Will a dead-end for Ramos mean a swoop for the young centre-back instead? Madrid are unlikely to let him go, as he is seen amongst the hierarchy as a long-term replacement for Pepe.



Is David de Gea staying or not? In the long term he will definitely leave, be it this summer or next, and Van Gaal has stated that Victor Valdes will be sold after refusing to play for the reserves last term. So, United need a 'keeper.

They were linked with Asmir Begovic before he moved to Stamford Bridge, and have been linked with the likes of Hugo Lloris, and Bayer Leverkusen's No. 1 Bernd Leno, who is a remarkable keeper, and only just beginning his career at the age of 23.

He kept an impressive 16 clean sheets in the 14/15 Bundesliga and his 6ft 2 frame makes for a wall in front of goal. United definitely have the financial capacity to pay for him, and he would not be adverse to a move to the English giants.

Verdict: LIKELY

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