United set summer transfer wheels in motion

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Manchester United look set for a very busy summer, with Sir Alex Ferguson planning on rebuilding the squad so United can continue their successes.

Ferguson was already formulating a transfer plan back in April, when United were on the brink of winning the title and moving through to the Champions League final.

“We have certain targets in mind and I think two or three will be fulfilled,” Ferguson said at the time.

“The Glazer family have always been supportive of our desires to improve the team.”

And it appears the Manchester United manager has been true to his word, as the club secured a reported £17 million deal with Phil Jones within a week of the transfer period opening.

Reports continue to speculate that Ferguson has already moved on to his other targets, with Ashley Young strongly connected to a move to Old Trafford.

Young is worth £16 million, and has stalled contract talks with Aston Villa. The England international has been honest about his desire to play Champions League football, telling reporters he is ready to make the step up.

"As a kid you always want to play in the best competitions," Young said.

"I always wanted to play in the Champions League - and hopefully one day I will."

Jones and Young signal a move by Ferguson into signing English players, and along with United youngsters Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck, the club will have numerous future England stars within the walls of Old Trafford by July.

There are also reported to be some exits from the United camp, with Wes Brown, Darron Gibson and John O’Shea all possibly leaving.

On the keeper front, Ferguson is reportedly close to doing a deal with David de Gea to replace Edwin van der Sar. Ajax keeper Maarten Stekelenburg is lined up as a back up for if the deal falls through.

Udinese midfielder Alexis Sanchez and lower league winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also appear to be on Ferguson’s radar, with moves for deals with the players imminent amongst competition from Arsenal and Liverpool, not to mention cross town rivals Manchester City..

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