Manchester United Summer Transfers: 5 Rumours Fans Want to Believe in
We football fans can be fairly gullible at times.
Every day a tabloid, British or otherwise, links Manchester United with another premier talent across the globe.
When the summer comes, it's almost a rude awakening not to see the Red Devils purchase the players they'd been heavily tipped to sign throughout the year.
This season has seen no end to the usual transfer tittle-tattle, with several big names once again hyped for a move to Old Trafford.
This article will seek to roundup the five ongoing rumours that fans of the club would love to be true.
If just one were to materialise, we wouldn't complain.
Isco Destined for Old Trafford
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Malaga's Isco has been one of the true breakout stars of the season so far.
The Spanish attacking midfielder has scored 11 goals in all competitions, including three in the Champions League, but it has been his all-round genius that has captured the eye of everyone in the footballing world.
Citing "Spanish reports," the Daily Star claimed late last year that Isco could soon be lured to United for as little as £16 million.
"Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to view the attacking midfielder as an ideal replacement for veteran Paul Scholes," the story states.
However with his star rising higher and higher with every passing month, this price tag seems a little short.
Gareth Bale Keen on Move to United
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Was he there to scout his future club? Could there be secret meetings happening behind the scenes between the Welshman and United officials?
OK, so the answer to these questions is more than likely no, but that doesn't mean fans of the Red Devils can't live in hope of seeing him one day play for Sir Alex Ferguson's side.
Bale has had a barnstorming season, developing into a true all-round attacking threat at current club Tottenham Hotspur.
Along with United's own Robin van Persie and Liverpool's Luis Suarez, he is a clear front-runner in the race for the Premier League's Player of the Season award.
Kevin Strootman the Answer to Midfield Weaknesses
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PSV box-to-box midfielder Kevin Strootman has long been a player tipped by United fans as a potential future signing.
The Dutchman would provide the Red Devils with a real physical presence in front of the back line, as well as being an effective conduit going forward through the middle.
The Sun reported in December last year that the Red Devils were indeed keen on acquiring Strootman's services.
With summer fast approaching, Sir Alex must decide soon if the player would be worth pushing the boat out to sign.
James Rodriguez a Future United Star?
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According to a report in the Daily Mail last month, "Manchester United scouts watched Porto and Colombia star James Rodriguez against Rio Ave on Saturday as the club ponder a move for the winger."
The price quoted by the tabloid is an eye-watering £36 million—an extraordinary amount despite the player's obvious talent.
Only last week did I write a piece extolling the virtues of Rodriguez, claiming he would be a perfect signing to compliment Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie in the United lineup.
He is an attacking workhorse with skill and creativity in abundance.
The Daily Mail believe Rodriguez could be the "new Carlos Valderrama," or the "new South American Cristiano Ronaldo" or even the "new Nani."
Cristiano Ronaldo Heading Home
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Last, but certainly not least, we have the rumour that any Manchester United fan would be crazy not to wish would come true.
Cristiano Ronaldo left Old Trafford in 2009, but according to several news outlets, a dream return to the club where he made his name could one day become a reality.
Club legend and current director Sir Bobby Charlton revealed that the Portuguese superstar would be welcomed back with open arms.
Speaking at the Laureus Sports Awards in Rio de Janeiro, Charlton said "I’m a fan of him like anyone else and on a personal level I would like to see him back. I can’t say anything more than that" (h/t The Sun).
For now, we'll just have to keep dreaming.
Can you see any of these rumours coming true? Who would you love to see United sign this summer?