Manchester United have undergone a major change in regime this summer with David Moyes arriving as boss from Everton to replace United legend Sir Alex Ferguson, who retired at the end of the season.
Moyes must feel like a kid in a candy store. He has gone from hardly having anything to spend at Everton to having a very healthy transfer budget at United.
With a substantial budget reported to be available. Here is a list of the players that have been linked with a move to United this summer:
Marouane Fellaini (Everton)
Even before Moyes arrived at Old Trafford, the big Belgium midfielder was linked with a big money move to United. The 25-year-old enjoyed a stellar campaign scoring 11 goals from an attacking midfielder position.
Fellaini has stated on a number of occasions that he wants to play in the Champions League and has a release clause of £22.5million in his contract. Arsenal and Chelsea are also reportedly interested in signing the former-Standard Liege star.
Leighton Baines (Everton)
Baines is another Toffee’s player that has long been linked with a move to United. Moyes move to Old Trafford has only intensified speculation that the England international is set to move to Old Trafford this summer.
United already has Patrice Evra and Alexander Buttner as left-back options, but it appears that Moyes wants to expand those options.
Luke Shaw (Southampton)
Shaw is seen as a younger option than Baines. In fact, at just 17-years-old the full-back is 11 years younger than Baines. Shaw is highly-rated after breaking into the Saints first team over the last year or so.
The teenager is rated in the £15million bracket and Chelsea are also reported to be interested in signing him. The hefty price tag may mean that Shaw stays on the South Coast for another season though.
Thiago Alcantara (Barcelona)
According to a number of English newspapers United are set to launch a £15million bid for the talented young Barca playmaker. Thiago is one of the best up-and-coming central midfielders in the game, but has found first team opportunities hard to come by at the Nou Camp.
Moyes is looking to strengthen his central midfield, with Paul Scholes retiring and a perceived lack of options in the centre of the park. Thiago is also wanted by United’s arch-rivals Manchester City and Spanish giants Real Madrid.
The youngster would no doubt provide the Manchester United midfield with a bit of flair and vision. However, he must cut out the showboating if he is going to fulfil his potential as a top player.
Robert Lewandowski (Dortmund)
The highly-rated Polish international striker was expected to join Dortmund’s arch-rivals Bayern Munich this summer. However, BVB have stated that Lewandowski will not join Bayern this summer. Lewandowski’s contract with Dortmund expires next summer, so he will be a free agent.
It is difficult to see Dortmund allowing the player to leave next summer on a free transfer and the club losing £20-30million in a transfer fee. United could still nip in with a bid this summer to steal the striker away.
With doubts over the future of Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford, United could be in need of another striking option next season.
One player that looks unlikely to be heading to United this summer is Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas. The former-Arsenal captain had been linked with a move to Old Trafford, but has recently stated that he will only move if Barcelona want to sell him.
The Spanish champions have given no indication that they want the 26-year-old to leave, so Moyes and United may need to look for an alternative option.
This summer David Moyes will no doubt strengthen his squad and the Red Devils will be even stronger next season. Whoever joins the Red Devils this summer, next season promises to be a very interesting one at Old Trafford with Moyes at the helm.
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