Jumaat, 27 April 2012
Manchester United's top summer transfer targets
The stars Alex Ferguson has placed on his summer shopping list:
Jan Vertonghen - Defender (Ajax)
With Nemanja Vidic still out injured and Rio Ferdinand in decline, the versatile Dutch defender could be a cut-price alternative, especially as he enters the final year of his contract and could be available for less than £7million. Bargain hunters Arsenal and Newcastle have already lodged their interest.
Mathieu Debuchy - Right back (Lille)
Ever since Gary Neville decided to retire United have lacked consistency at right-back where Rafael is always capable of a costly loss of concentration. Lille defender Mathieu Debuchy could be the man to fill G-Nev's boots - and as this video shows he wouldn't mind emulating that kiss with Paul Scholes either.
Jack Rodwell - Centre-back, defensive midfielder, (Everton)
The cultured Everton defender seemed nailed on to become a United player before a series of injuries and loss of form cooled Ferguson's interest. However, he has returned to type this season and could give Michael Carrick a few sleepless nights before the transfer window closes - unless Chelsea get in there first.
Javi Garcia - Defensive midfielder (Benfica)
Schooled at Real Madrid, the Spanish defensive midfielder made an impression as Benfica all but ended United's participation in the Champions League this season. A move to Old Trafford would give him bragging rights over cousin Luis who played for Liverpool - although United face competition from their City rivals.
Luka Modric - Attacking midfielder (Tottenham)
The Croatian schemer had his heart set on a move to Chelsea last summer only to be denied by the powers that be at White Hart Lane. Fergie has been a long-time admirer of his creative talents - even if he doesn't score many goals. Spurs may struggle to keep him this time round but expect Daniel Levy to be drive a hard bargain.
Nicolas Gaitan - Attacking midfielder (Benfica)
Another Benfica player who ran United ragged in the Champions League, Gaitan has been dubbed the 'Argentine Cristiano Ronaldo'. There have been reports that a £20million deal has already been negotiated with the possibility of Fabio da Silva and Federico Macheda moving in the opposite direction.
Eden Hazard - Attacking midfielder, forward (Lille)
The Belgian wunderkind has been courted by Premier League suitors including Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City ever since confirming he would leave Lille in the summer. The 21-year-old was said to be flattered after a personal visit from the Great Scot himself, which could place Fergie at the head of the queue.
Wesley Sneijder - Attacking midfielder, forward (Inter Milan)
The Dutch maestro was the subject of a will he/won't he? transfer that lasted the entire close season last summer. Expect more of the same this time round as United still need a creative playmaker and Paul Scholes can't last forever - although Sneijder might have to lower is wage demands.
Arjen Robben - Winger, forward (Bayern Munich)
The Flying Dutchman passed up the chance to join United in 2004 after having his head turned by Roman's roubles at Stamford Bridge. Despite a fragile constitution, he's proved to be a world class player at Bayern Munich where a bust up with Franck Ribery could convince him to make a Premier League return.