Manchester United Transfer News: Up-to-Date Notes on Red Devils

Shawn Brubaker@@63brubakerContributor IIJune 11, 2012

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 06:  Luigi Bruins of Excelsior and Kevin Strootman of PSV battle for the ball during the Eredivisie match between SC Excelsior Rotterdam and PSV Eindhoven at Woudestein Stadium on May 6, 2012 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Summer is one of the most active seasons in soccer, and the most popular team in the world, Manchester United, is dominating headlines with rumors and transfers.

One player that United has had its eye on is Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman, according to

Strootman is strongest on the defensive end, with a skill-set that would translate well to the Premier League. 

Acquiring Strootman would be a major coup for United, who need to strengthen their group of midfielders, which were ravaged by injuries and retirements.

Midfielder Darren Fletcher is no guarantee to return soon from injury, so United absolutely must add a midfielder, and Strootman is the best possible target for them.

Expect a decision on this after the European Championship.

While the Red Devils have been pursuing Strootman, they've added two players that should make an impact this season.

United has signed former Crewe striker Nick Powell in the past week, and according to Daily Mail, United will use him and let his former club move on.

Powell is among the brightest young stars in England, performing admirably on the England Under-18 International team and having a breakout season last year for Crewe.

At only 18 years old, Powell has a bright future ahead of him, and United can only hope that future lies with them. For the foreseeable future, at least, Powell will be a major part of United's plans.

According to,  United also acquired former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa, who should go a long way in boosting United's midfielders' play.

Kagawa, like Powell, is still young at age 23, and his technical ability and mental fortitude should serve him well playing for soccer's most visible franchise.

This signing, though, is really a bigger story for Japanese soccer than United, as it shows that Japan can develop elite talent.

United has also been linked to another Borrusia Dortmund player in Robert Lewandowski, according to

Lewandowski is currently focused on representing Poland in the European Championships, but Poland's boss thnks that Lewandowski can move on to soccer's biggest stage.

On his end, Lewandowski has claimed that he will respect the wishes of his employer, whatever that ends up being.

If United does add Lewandowski, that would be the second young striker they've added, which would set them up nicely for the future.

Expect more rumors to continue to fly around United, especially as the European Championships come to a close. For now, though, we can only sit and wait to see if the rumors are true.