Manchester United Summer Transfer Targets: 5 Biggest Names Linked with United
There is no month in the footballing calendar safe from the never-ending merry-go-round of transfer gossip and speculation.
With a fanbase as exhaustive as Manchester United's, stories regarding the Red Devils often attract the most interest and dominate the back pages.
There are the odd reports that contain a grain of truth, but finding that grain amidst so much dirt can be quite a task for even the most savvy reader.
Despite Sir Alex Ferguson's side currently being in the midst of a landmark season, several big names have been linked with a summer move to Old Trafford in the past few months.
Here are five of the biggest.
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The steady stream of speculation linking the Red Devils with Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski has perplexed many in the Manchester United universe.
With Robin van Persie destined to be the club's No. 1 choice in the position for years to come, Wayne Rooney's ability to play the role and Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck set to mature alongside them, would another signing really be necessary?
The Polish international is certainly a talented footballer, but money would be better spent elsewhere.
Those who follow this line of thinking may be relieved to learn that Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus revealed "I heard that Lewandowski has an agreement with Bayern. Only the date of the move remains undecided," in a recent interview with Sky Sports Germany (h/t Goal.com).
Chance of Deal: 10 percent
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Despite his club's erratic form, Frank Lampard's class shows no signs of diminishing.
He may have been embroiled in a contract dispute with Chelsea for the past few months, but that hasn't stopped him delivering some top-quality performances and scoring a healthy number of goals for both club and country in the meantime.
The Daily Mail reports that: "Premier League leaders Manchester United are in line to snap up the midfielder who is poised to be the freebie of the summer."
The biggest question in regards to a potential deal would be whether or not the Englishman would be willing to join a rival team of his beloved Blues. If not, either Paris Saint-Germain or the LA Galaxy would be the No. 1 contender for his signature.
Chance of Deal: 15 percent
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Luka Modric's first six months at Real Madrid have severely disappointed those who expected the Croatian playmaker to thrive in Jose Mourinho's system.
The current tabloid rumour doing the rounds claims that the Spanish side may be looking to offload the £33million transfer bust this summer, with Manchester United one of the clubs hovering.
The Sunday Mirror believes that "Modric is reportedly considering a swift switch back to England after failing to light up La Liga" (h/t Daily Mail).
If the Croatian were to make a sensational move to Old Trafford, though, it would seriously marginalise the Red Devils' Shinji Kagawa, who plays in the same position. Even Wayne Rooney would have to yet again reconsider his primary position for Sir Alex's side.
Chance of Deal: 15 percent
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If there was one player who emerged as a future superstar and supremely talented prodigy in 2012, it was Malaga's Isco.
The Spanish attacking midfielder has wowed fans and pundits alike with his electric performances for the Spanish side in both La Liga and the Champions League.
Manchester United are reported to be hot on the youngster's trail...but then, why wouldn't they be?
CaughtOffside.com recently claimed that Sir Alex Ferguson has deemed Isco his No. 1 transfer target, and that he'll "launch a £25m summer bid for the 20 year old starlet and will hope that the cash-strapped La Rosaleda side has little choice other than to accept such an offer to help balance the books."
Chance of Deal: 20 percent
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It's the potential transfer that seems to make the most sense for fans of the Red Devils—Kevin Strootman to Manchester United.
The PSV box-to-box midfielder ticks all the boxes in terms of what Sir Alex Ferguson's side are currently missing in the middle of the park and could well be available come the summer.
The Dutchman may not be as high-profile as the other names on this list, but his signing would be just as warmly welcomed around Old Trafford and beyond.
Chance of Deal: 65 percent
With Manchester United linked to just about every young talent in world football, do you believe there is any truth to these reports?