Manchester United, crowned Premier League Champions for the 20th time last season, is surprisingly not a preferred option for most of football’s rising and established stars.
Sir Alex Ferguson always believed that success in football isn’t dependant up on major names and signing or leaving a mark on the transfer market as so thoroughly proved during his reign at Old Trafford.
But new manager David Moyes has not been able to attract top players despite being given a sufficient transfer budget.
The saga began with Moyes making a bid for the former Barcelona midfielder – Thiago Alcantara. The Spanish U-21 captain has had some brilliant performances and was seen the answer the Man Utd’s midfield problems. This was crushed as Thiago soon had a deal finalized with last year’s Champions League winners Bayern Munich.
Not having lost heart, Moyes soon turned his attention to a left-out but midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas. With reports of Fabregas wanting to leave Barcelona due to the lack of first team opportunities coming in, the deal seemed to be the best of the summer.
An initial bid of £30 million and a second one of £35 million were rejected as Barcelona claimed that the Spaniard is not for sale. Although the Red Devils are pushing one last time with a £40 million offer, the deal looks highly unlikely.
Reports claim Moyes has been looking at Luka Modric, Ilkay Gundogan, Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines. But at the moment, youngster Guillermo Varela is the only new player that United have managed to acquire.
At the same time last year, United were running behind the prodigy Eden Hazard and failed to secure his services as well. It seems there is a pre-conceived notion in the minds of players that joining United is a step back into their career.
Recent reports have linked Manchester United with German star Mesut Ozil and his Argentinian teammate in Madrid Angel Di Maria.
Moyes has a lot of work to be done if he’s to win the Premier League title with United and the upcoming clash against Chelsea could really help judge their progress. But the question remains, will the Red Devils manage to secure a big name before the end of the transfer window on September 2?
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