Manchester United’s bid to reclaim the Barclays Premier League title in 2012/13 will begin with a tough trip to Everton, and with the disappointing performance last year when they blew a solid lead towards the end of the season to lose the title to fellow rivals Manchester City, they really need to go for a squad upheaval.
They are searching for new talent and here’s a list of all players that are rumored to be arriving or leaving the club.
He may have only signed recently from Crewe, but already the Daily Mail thinks he could be off on loan to Blackburn, touted as the next CR7 by Sir Alex Ferguson. Do you think this is a good move by the Front Office at Manchester to let go of the talent to train somewhere else rather than the famous Manchester United Academy?
Kawaga has been officially signed by the club and only the work permit needs to be sorted out. Fans should be happy to get Kagawa, who will help boost the aging midfield as Sir Alex continues to look for young players to replace Paul Scholes, Park Ji-Sung, Ryan Giggs and Anderson, who most probably will leave United this season. Not to mention Darren Fletcher, who is still not ready to return from his bowel ailment and Michael Carrick needs help holding the fort in midfield.
James Rodriguez (Porto)
As speculations are still going on about Nani moving to Italian powerhouse Jeventus, James would be a long term plan for the Devils to replace him.The Colombian is valued in the €30million bracket. There are also talks that Man Utd could add Anderson in the trade to get the deal done.
Thiago Alcantara (Barcelona)
Thiago Alcantra, former team-mate of David De Gea at last year’s Under-21 European finals and a scorer against United in pre-season, the 21-year-old is a great talent and if Man Utd succeed in signing him, he could be one for the future. He is expected to fetch around $25 million and would not be given up so easily by the Spanish giants.
Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund)
Borussia Dortmund have insisted that Robert is not for sale after agreeing a deal with the Reds to sell Shinji Kagawa, but still reports are going around that United are trying to buy the first goal scorer of Euro 2012. There is no confirmation about this as of now.
Luka Modric (Tottenham)
As of now, Real Madrid are front-runners to sign Luka Modric after his friend Mate Bilic was quoted saying: “He loves the Premier League but he wants to play in Spain. He’s very close to agreeing a move.” Also, Spurs are reportedly demanding $40 Million for the playmaker,which seems a little out of reach for Manchester United.
Apart from these rumors, there are other players linked with a move to Manchester United. These include Gareth Bale (Tottenham), Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Schalke), Dede (Vasco da Gama), Axel Witsel (Benfica), Kevin Strootman (PSV Eindhoven), Danilo Cataldi (Lazio), Angelo Henriquez (Universidad de Chile), Viktor Fischer (Ajax), Yohann Cabaye (Newcastle), Hector Herrera (Pachuca), Cheick Tiote (Newcastle), Leighton Baines (Everton), Moussa Dembele (Fulham), Jordi Alba (Valencia) and Claudio Marchisio (Juventus).
Dimitar Berbatov (Malaga, Galatasaray, Lazio, PSG)
Dimitar is probably just selecting which team he should go to, as United are pretty good without him with the rise of young Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young.
Fabio (QPR, loan)
With offers from Germany & Portugal, Fabio decided to stay in UK and have more playing time by going on loan to QPR. Rafael, on the other hand, after having interest from Chelsea, decided to stay Red, unlike something what Torres would do.
Federico Macheda (Besiktas, loan)
Beskitas have approached to sign, rather than loan, United forward Macheda for around $6 million. Now,with the rise of Denny Welbeck and Ashley Young, this might be a good chance for Manchester to get some money.
Nani has still to agree a new contract at Old Trafford and, with two years left on his present deal, there is some uncertainty over his future. If Nani doesn’t sign after Portugal’s campaign in the Euro 2012, he will probably leave.
Ji-sung Park (Galatasaray)
Park didn’t get much playing time last season due to the rise of young players. Furthermore, with the recent signing of Kawaga, his departure looks imminent.
Michael Owen (Stoke)
Owen hasn’t done well for United last year, so he’ll probably move out. Stoke are the front-runners and have reportedly even made an offer. So long, Owen.
Apart from these players, there are others who are rumored to be going out of the club, either permanently or on loan. These players include Zeki Fryers (Spurs, Newcastle), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Bebe (Loan), Michael Keane (Hull, loan) and Ryan Tunnicliffe (Hull, loan).