Manchester United Transfers: Rating the Likelihood of Potential Exits

Max TowleAnalyst IJuly 16, 2012

Manchester United Transfers: Rating the Likelihood of Potential Exits

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    With Michael Owen and Park Ji-Sung having already moved on, a number of Manchester United players' heads remain on the chopping block.

    Dimitar Berbatov has already announced his intention to move on, but whether or not a transfer will come to fruition is still uncertain (via Eurosport).

    In fact, for all the players at United currently linked with a summer exit, nothing yet is definite.

    This article will seek to weigh up the odds and give a percentage chance for those who may be facing a move away from the most famous football club in the world.

Dimitar Berbatov: 85 Percent Chance of Leaving

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    The rather unfortunate saga of Dimitar Berbatov seems to be coming to an underwhelming end.

    Less than twelve hours ago, the Bulgarian striker reaffirmed his desire to leave.

    "The truth is I love this club, but I am not going to be useful to anyone if I am not playing.

    And I want to play, I want to help, but for unknown reasons it's not going to happen, or my chances will be limited, so it's better for everyone if we say goodbye," Berbatov wrote on his Facebook page (h/t ESPNSoccernet).

    The only thing that would prevent a transfer would surely be lack of interest, as both parties seem keen to move on.

    Possible Destination: QPR, Galatasaray

    Price: £5 million

Federico Macheda: 65 Percent Chance of Leaving

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    The Italian striker faces the strong possibility of heading out on loan this coming season, due to high competition for places at United, and the youngster's need for regular football.

    Macheda has had disastrous temporary spells at Sampdoria and QPR in the past couple of years, as Sir Alex weighs up the possibility of sending him down to the Championship.

    Indeed, the United manager recognises the importance of further developing Macheda's game to suit the British style.

    Again, lack of interest would prevent a possible move, or Sir Alex deciding that he needs the Italian to be his fourth option in attack.

    Possible Destination: Notts Forest, Sheffield Wednesday

    Price: N/A

Anderson: 35 Percent Chance of Leaving

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    It is rumoured that Anderson is being used as a potential makeweight in the current negotiations for Sao Paulo phenom Lucas Moura (via The Mirror).

    Indeed, there have been rumours linking the Brazilian midfielder with a move away from the club since before the season had even come to an end.

    Despite starting strongly in August and September, Anderson ended up having yet another season blighted by injury problems, playing only 10 league games.

    But with United's well known lack of depth in the middle, it is more unlikely than likely that Anderson will move this summer.

    However, it would be fair to say that this year will be make-or-break for the 24-year-old, if he were to stay.

    Possible Destination: Sao Paulo, Benfica

    Price: £10 million

Nani: 15 Percent Chance of Leaving

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    The odds are far greater for Nani, who should walk out at Old Trafford in a red shirt come August.

    Rumours linking him with a move away have only come as a result of Antonio Valencia's marked improvement towards the end of last season, and the signing of Ashley Young the summer before.

    Nani's supposed inconsistency has also been over-embellished, the Portuguese winger striking eight times in the league, only one down on his tally from the year before.

    If Nani were to move on, it would surely prompt Sir Alex into looking for a replacement wide player in the transfer market—something I'm sure he doesn't want to do.

    Possible Destination: Juventus, Real Madrid

    Price: £25 million

Wayne Rooney: 1 Percent Chance of Leaving

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    This one stretches the boundaries of belief.

    Even if you're a betting man, gambling on Wayne Rooney starting the season at another club, even at 100-1, is a bet not worth taking.

    Sure, he dramatically handed in a transfer request less than two years ago, but lessons have been learnt, and the chances of a repeat are extremely low.

    Still, if United were to sign Robin van Persie in the coming weeks, expect that one percent to change to something like five percent.

    Possible Destination: Real Madrid

    Price: £50 million