Manchester United Transfers: Were Ronaldo, Other Signings Already Lined Up?

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Manchester United Transfers: Were Ronaldo, Other Signings Already Lined Up?
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David Moyes & Sir Alex Ferguson

According to the Daily Express, David Moyes has already made one signing for Manchester United, and there are others rumoured to be lined up, like Ezequiel Garay and Kevin Strootman.

The truth of the matter is that Moyes went on holiday for three weeks on 29 May and does not return until 19 June.

So any suggestion that Guillermo Varela is his first signing may be a little wide of the mark, especially as the Uruguayan was on trial at Old Trafford at the end of last season, according to the Mirror.

Indeed, if the Daily Mail report is true that Moyes does not even start work at Old Trafford until 1 July, then it is hard to see how he could have had any part in the signing.

Nevertheless, it is equally unlikely that United would have ploughed ahead with a signing without at least keeping Moyes in the loop. Unless, of course, the contract was all but signed, sealed and delivered before Sir Alex Ferguson even retired.

And that is a moot point, because while it would be a courtesy for United to give a detailed insight into the players they are releasing and the graduates to whom they are offering a contract, Moyes cannot possibly have watched the Under 21s and Academy players last season and may have had to take those recommendations on trust.

It is important to remember that United usually like to tie up their summer transfer business as early as possible. Phil Jones and David de Gea were cases in point.

And while some might point to Dimitar Berbatov and Robin van Persie as being "deadline" signings, those were because the selling clubs played hardball until the last minute.

So if you consider the rumours that have been longest and strongest, you may already have an insight into who is likely to arrive at Old Trafford soon after Moyes returns from holiday.

Gareth Bale will not be one of them.

So who might we expect, and who—if anyone—will Moyes pick himself?

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