David Moyes is the new man in charge at Manchester United and has already hit the ground running with the signing of Uruguayan right-back Guillermo Varela, but who else is likely to head to Old Trafford this summer?
We take a look at the United rumours that could actually happen this summer?
This is a rumour that simply won’t disappear. Borussia Dortmund’s star striker Robert Lewandowski wants out of Germany, and is fast becoming one of the hottest tickets in European football. There has been no shortage of interest particularly from Manchester United. As things stand the Red Devils are yet to make an official bid but remain interested. According to The Independent Dortmund themselves have blocked any offers from both Manchester United and Bayern Munich on the 24-year-old.
The Polish International had a superb record this season scoring 36 goals in all competitions. He’s a fantastic all round striker and his four goals in this year Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid this year woke every up to realising just how talented the 24-year-old is.
However this move simply doesn’t make sense for Manchester United. Lewandowski would be a luxury purchase for Manchester United and with Robin van Persie cementing his spot as number one striker; it would be hard to find a way to tactically incorporate them both in the starting eleven. Not to mention the likes of Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck and Angelo Henriquez in the ranks.
Lewandowski is simply the right player at the wrong time and for that reason he has to go down as fiction.
Prediction = Fiction
Another day, another Cesc-Fabregas-to-Manchester-United rumour. Despite Fabregas making his intentions clear, the media still continue to pursue speculation regarding the player’s future.
As things stand BBC Sport reports that Fabregas is happy at the Camp Nou and to suggest any different would be absurd. However speculation still remains and it seems DavidMoyes is a massive fan of Fabregas.
He may fit into the squad’s system but financially the deal doesn’t make sense. For all Fabregas’s quality is worth there are more financially viable options that would give the team just as much steel. It’s hard to see why the Spaniard would leave the love of his life (Barcelona) after just two seasons with the Catalans.
Prediction = Fiction
The La Masia academy is one of the most coveted youth setups in world football, and with such high standards comes the best quality players and in particular Thiago Alacantara. Here’s a player who’s been brought up with the best of the best learning from the the likes of Xavi and Iniesta, so he’s really a talent for the future.
The players been linked to Old Trafford because the 23-year-old is understood to be unhappy with the lack of first-team opportunities at Barcelona, therefore being tempted by a move to Manchester United this summer. The Red Devils have shown a keen interest in the player and it’s obvious to see why. Thiago’s passing and composure on the ball is second to none, while he also has great vision to pick a pass from anywhere on the pitch. However questions remain over whether he’s really what Manchester United needs right now and if there’s better players on the transfer market.
Despite Barcelona seeing Thiago as their ideal replacement for Xavi, if Manchester United are willing to either offer enough cash or trigger his €18 million release clause, this deal has a really good chance of happening.
Prediction = Fact
It’s been no secret that Manchester United has been tracking the Dutchmen for some time now. A fan favourite amongst most, Kevin Strootman is seen to be the solution to Manchester United’s midfield woes.
Strong speculation has gone on for a number of months now and with further rumours from The Express claiming that chief scout Jim Lawlor was reportedly spotted at the youth tournament in Israel recently to watch Strootman, who started both games as Holland beat Germany and Russia. As each day goes by it’s looking increasingly more likely that Strootman is bound for Old Trafford.
Operating as a box-to-box styled midfielder, it’s likely that Moyes would play Strootman alongside Michael Carrick in the centre of the park. This would offer what’s thought to be an ageing midfielder some much need youth and energy. He can be effective on both ends of the floor relieving Carrick of his defensive duties.
Prediction = Fact
Ronaldo & Bale
Considering Lionel Messi is never going to leave Barcelona, when you think about transfer targets it doesn’t get much better than Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. The two are very much similar players and are both surrounded by huge amounts of speculation regarding their futures at their respective clubs.
Manchester United missed out on Bale back in 2007 but the club is looking to rekindle their interest this summer. Although to do that they must get past the barrier of Daniel Levy before, a man who drives a hard bargain for his most prized assets.
It’s hard to see how Tottenham would sell Gareth Bale, there’s no chance that they’d sell their star player to one of their main Premier League rivals.
For that reason and that reason alone, Gareth Bale to Manchester United is pure fiction.
Moving onto Real Madrid’s superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, a former Manchester United player and fan favourite amongst the United faithful. It’s a romantic dream of Manchester United fans to get him back and it may just happen.
According to BBC Sport, Ronaldo has dismissed any reports of signing a new contract with Real Madrid. He has continued to cause speculation by putting his house up for sale and is thought Ronaldo will need a change of clubs if he is too properly challenge Lionel Messi for the most coveted trophy in football – the Ballon D’or.
If Ronaldo does want out at Real Madrid, Manchester United will sure do everything in their power to make sure the 27-year-old returns to his former club. However the Red Devils face a stumbling block with financial fair play rule due to be implemented and Real Madrid’s asking price. Manchester United may need clear Wayne Rooney off the books if a player of Cristiano Ronaldo’s calibre becomes available.
If a high enough bid comes in for Bale from Real Madrid, Daniel Levy may be forced to sell their star like he did with Modric last season. This may cause concern for Ronaldo who in turn may just leave his boyhood dream club.
Moyes will look to make a big impression in his first season and signing Cristiano Ronaldo will certainly be a bold statement.
Bale Prediction = Fiction
Ronaldo = Fact
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