Rating the Latest Manchester United Transfer Rumours

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMarch 20, 2012

Rating the Latest Manchester United Transfer Rumours

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    The summer transfer window isn't far away, and the newspapers and agents are busy dreaming up stories.

    Manchester United officials and scouts never sleep, despite the club being involved in a close Premier League title race with arch rivals Manchester City.

    Still, now the UEFA Europa League is over and done with, they might have a bit more time to recruit for next season.

    Sir Alex Ferguson will not rest on his laurels when it comes to improving his squad in both quality and depth.

    Here are five players linked with transfer activity in and out Old Trafford. Have a look to see who might be on the move.

    Enjoy the slideshow!

In: Eden Hazard

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    According to Goal.com, Eden Hazard is 'excited' to have heard Sir Alex Ferguson watched him during Lille's battle with Lyon last weekend.

    The rumours around the Belgian playmaker just haven't stopped in recent months. It's almost certain he'll make a decision on his future this summer and finally make his big money transfer.

    There's no doubt Manchester United need a quality attacking playmaker in central midfield. Hazard spends a lot of time on the wing for current club Lille but excels through the middle.

    He's the perfect capture but comes at a jaw-dropping price.

    Grade: A-

Out: Dimitar Berbatov

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    He's done nothing but score goals when called upon, but Dimitar Berbatov looks set to depart Old Trafford this summer.

    According the The Sun, Berbatov will be cut for around £5 million and Manchester United will welcome any takers.

    The irony of the situation is that United must extend the Bulgarian's contract in order to regain any money on the deal, else he can leave for free.

    He's been a fantastic scorer of goals since his £30.75 million move from Tottenham but with Danny Welbeck well and truly emerging, there's no room in the squad for him.

    Letting him go hurts, but I suppose there's still Michael Owen.

    Grade: B

In: Dante

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    TuttomercatoWeb are reporting that Sir Alex Ferguson is interested in central defender Dante, currently playing for Borussia Monchengladbach.

    Manchester United could certainly use central defensive reinforcements this summer and Dante's buy-out clause is just €4.6 million.

    Fergie will face competition from Bayern Munich and Anzhi Makhachkala for the Brazilian giant, but at such a low price, he's got to worth a punt.

    Grade: B

In: Jese Rodriguez Ruiz

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    Manchester United are on the look out for their new Cristiano Ronaldo and they might be close to him, so say The Daily Mail.

    Jese Rodriguez Ruiz, a Castilla product and potential future Real Madrid star, is on Sir Alex Ferguson's radar and his play has been likened the Portuguese sensation.

    The piece suggests Ruiz would like to break into the first team in Madrid, but there are no guarantees in football—especially at the Bernabeu.

    If competition proves too fierce, you get the feeling he'd be most welcome at Old Trafford.

    An unknown quantity, it's tough to judge this rumour. If it came off on the cheap, then why not?

    Grade: C+

In: Luka Modric

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    ...and so it begins.

    I'm not sure how many of us can actually withstand another Luka Modric transfer-fuelled summer of speculation.

    The Daily Star reckon Sir Alex Ferguson can "achieve what Roman Abramovich" couldn't last summer and land this top Croatian talent.

    I don't really care if he stays or goes, I'm just praying the deal is concluded early.

    He's brilliant and he's a safe transfer. He's proved himself in the Premier League and Manchester United really need a player like him.

    Recently, Fergie compared him (sort of) to Paul Scholes.

    Grade: A



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