Manchester United Transfer Rumours: 5 Midfielders Linked to Red Devils

Mikhail TurnerContributor IIIApril 8, 2013

Manchester United Transfer Rumours: 5 Midfielders Linked to Red Devils

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    Manchester United have been linked with a number of midfielders as the summer draws near.

    Though the Red Devils already have plenty of options in the center of the park, the need for change may see a few transfers where midfield positions are concerned. 

    With ageing players like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, as well as uncertainty over the future of players like Anderson, United may look to bring in midfielders this summer. 

    United have been linked with a variety of midfielders, whether they are wingers, central midfielders or players capable of filling different roles. 

    Here are five midfielders who have been linked to the Red Devils.

Thiago Alcantara

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    According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United have shown interest in Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

    Alcantara came into the limelight after some impressive performances for Barcelona in the 2010/11 season, and increased his reputation even more during the 2011 Under-21 European Championships.

    He's been a regular for Barcelona since, but has not progressed as much as one would have expected.

    Injuries and a lack of playing time have played their part in that. The lack of playing time is understandable considering his competition for a start.

    The young Spanish midfielder could play in one of the deeper-lying roles or behind the forward in United's 4-2-3-1. 

Nemanja Matic

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    Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic has been linked (per talkSPORT) with a move to Manchester United.

    The Serbian midfielder has become an integral part of Benfica's squad since joining before the 2011/12 season.

    United could use another more defensive presence in the centre of midfield, and Matic would be a good fit for that role.

    The Red Devils got a first-hand view of Matic's defensive capabilities during his two substitute appearances when the two clubs met in the group stages of the 2011/12 Champions League. 

Claudio Marchisio

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    In one of the more interesting rumours leading up to the summer, the Express reports that Manchester United is after Juventus star Claudio Marchisio.

    B/R's Sam Tighe has pegged the Italian as the best midfield shuttler in world football, and he would certainly fit in well at United.

    Marchisio would combine elements of creativity and tenacity to make United's midfield even more formidable.

    Were a transfer to occur, he would walk into the starting lineup with no questions asked. 

Mario Gotze

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    According to the Independent and talkSPORT, Mario Gotze would have no problem with a move to Manchester United.

    It remains to be seen whether that move happens this summer or not.

    The German attacking midfielder has been an integral part of Borussia Dortmund's resurgence in European and German football during the last few seasons.

    He is capable of playing in all three positions behind the forward in a 4-2-3-1 and is sufficiently productive in those roles.

    He has 14 goals and 11 assists this season in all competitions.

Gareth Bale

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    Manchester United were quoted an astronomical fee when inquiring about the possibility of signing Gareth Bale (via Goal.com).

    The Tottenham star has been a hot commodity in world football these past few seasons, and his future at the London club is uncertain.

    If Spurs somehow falter in their bid for Champions League entry, United may be in with a chance to sign him.

    It won't be easy, though, with Real Madrid also rumoured to be interested in the Welshman (via the Metro).

    Bale has continued to improve his productivity for Tottenham each season. He has 22 goals and nine assists in all competitions so far this season.