Manchester United are yet to make a big summer singing this summer as they continue to miss out on David Moyes' idetified transfer targets.
It was almost a year ago that the Red Devils were in pursuit of three of the most highly rated midfielders in the world - Luka Modric, Eden Hazard and Lucas Moura.
As the transfer window progressed, one by one, United failed to capture their desired targets. With Modric joining Real Madrid, Hazard joining Chelsea and Moura joining big spenders PSG.
A year on and it feels like deja vu for the United faithful. When the transfer window opened in July, United were reportedly in pursuit of another 3 midfielders. Kevin Strootman of PSV, Cesc Fabregas of Barcelona and the disgruntled but highly rated Spain under-21 captain, Thiago Alcantara of Barcelona.
As the transfer window progressed reports claimed that Manchester United had come to agreements to sign both Kevin Strootman and Thiago Alcantatra. As time progressed however both PSV and Barcelona claimed that no offer had been received for the players.
Over the past week it all started to unravel for United as Kevin Strootman, who according to PSV would not be leaving the club, completed his transfer to AS Roma. No more than 24 hours later it was announced that main target, Thiago Alcantara would be re-uniting with former boss Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich. Now amidst speculation over a proposed move for Cesc Fabregas, the player himself has expressed his desire to stay at the Nou Camp.
All of this begs the question, why are United no longer the dominant force they once were in the transfer market? Many believe it is down to not being able to compete financially with the mega rich clubs of the world such as Chelsea, Real Madrid, PSG and newly rich AS Monaco, but could the problem be deeper rooted? Without doubt Sir Alex Ferguson was a large factor in Manchester United landing most of their desired transfer targets in the past, but now with the elder statesman gone, is there no longer the attraction of playing for Manchester United under a new and fairly unproven manager in David Moyes?
Whatever the reason may be, there are already new names being linked with a move to Old Trafford. The most recent of which being Marouane Fellaini and yet again Luka Modric. According to The Sun, Fellaini is keen to re-unite with former boss David Moyes. It is also believed that Modric is growing increasingly frustrated at Real Madrid over his lack of playing time, and with the signing of 23-year-old Asier Illarramendi for a staggering £34 million, it is believed his playing time at Madrid will only be on the decline.
At the end of the day however there will always be a plethora of names being linked with a move to Manchester United, all that remains to be seen is if United can indeed finalise deals and not lose out to rivals for players signatures.
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