Manchester United have already locked up the Premier League title and aren't chasing any further trophies, which means the attention has shifted toward summer. There are no shortage of questions about what the champs will do before next season.
United's dominance in league play would suggest they should try to keep most of the club intact, but the lack of success in Champions League and domestic Cup play leaves fans craving more. A big-name addition or two would spark further excitement.
At the same time, some players might be forced to exit Old Trafford to open the door for other marquee arrivals. When you add it all up, it figures to become quite an interesting summer for United. Let's examine some of the latest buzz as the season winds down.
Ronaldo rose to superstardom with United before leaving for Real Madrid in 2009. After four successful seasons with the La Liga powerhouse, talk about his future is beginning again and it's no surprise the Red Devils are one team that's consistently mentioned.
Miguel Delaney of ESPN reports the club believes they are nearing the financial package necessary to make a serious run at Ronaldo over the summer. United are already expected to have an increased transfer budget and are reportedly working with partners to secure more funds.
The article states the anticipated fee ranges anywhere from £50 million to £70 million. While that's obviously a gigantic commitment to make, the mere thought of Ronaldo on the wing with Robin van Persie in the middle is a nightmare scenario for EPL defenders.
Rooney's future will be a major storyline at Old Trafford regardless of what other moves are made. The longtime United star watched as Van Persie assumed the lead striker spot. It's forced him to play various different roles throughout the campaign.
Now he's looking for information from the club about what the plan will be moving forward if he's going to stay, according to Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail. He reports Chelsea and Manchester City are the most likely landing spots if he's moved with Paris Saint-Germain also in the mix.
Sir Alex Ferguson hasn't given any credence to the transfer fodder involving Rooney so far. Nonetheless, it's something that warrants watching in the coming weeks, especially if United are starting to line up other major moves.
Other Potential Summer Sales
In the case of United, where the pressure to win trophies is immense every season, players are constantly moving in and out. Ferguson must keep the squad fresh with players who fit in the plans. Those who don't become movable assets.
Mark Ogden of The Telegraph reports two players who could fall in that category over the summer are Anderson and Nani. He states both midfielders are expected to become part of the roster revamp as the club eyes other targets.
Both players have struggled to crack the lineup on a consistent basis this season. Moving to another club where they would be featured more prominently would help them reestablish form. It would also give United more resources to use in other areas.
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