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Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini
By now, you are probably asking two questions:
"How on earth can United afford all these players?" and, "Isn't David Moyes allowed to choose some of his own signings?"
First, who among these first five is Moyes going to turn down? He's inheriting a Premier League-winning team, even without Paul Scholes. If he was offered these additional crown jewels, plus the up-and-coming talent from United's youth, he's hardly likely to say no.
Of course, there would need to be some players leaving through the exit.
Nani and Anderson would not come as a surprise. Patrice Evra has been linked with Monaco, according to the Mirror, while the Daily Star reports that Rooney has been linked with PSG and others.
Surely, those four would be worth a collective £80 million. With Moyes already rumoured to have a transfer kitty of £60 million, according to the Mirror, on top of any sales proceeds, that would give him £140 million.
Strootman at £17 million, Garay £17 million, Lewandowski £24 million, Modric or Fabregas £24 million and Baines £12 million adds up to £94 million, which still leaves £46 million to put towards Ronaldo's fee with Nike and Chevrolet being asked to make up the difference.
With Ronaldo's contract already running down and United possibly able to do a deal for as little as £65 million, there seems to be no reason why all of these transfers couldn't happen.
Moyes' own men
By definition, they would all become "Moyes' men" as soon as they arrive, but how can he put his own stamp on the incoming business.
Apart from approving the above signings, Fabregas' name has only been mentioned since Sir Alex retired. He would be a more than adequate alternative to Modric.
And it may be fair to suggest that Leighton Baines would not leave Everton if Moyes was still there. So loyalty to Moyes may have some value.
In fact, while Bill Kenwright has insisted that Moyes could only get Fellaini because of his buy-out clause and that Baines is staying, according to the Manchester Evening News, both could follow their former manager for the right price.
Some might argue that if United sign Strootman and either Modric or Fabregas, they don't need Fellaini. I am one of those who is unsure whether the latter is a "Manchester United player" anyhow.
The media is already mumbling that Moyes is being left behind in the transfer stakes, but if what we are intimating here is true, much of the business may already be in play, sanctioned by Moyes before he left for holiday.
And it would really be no surprise if he and his "mentor," Sir Alex, were in agreement about who would enhance a title-winning side and fill the gaps left by Scholes, Rooney, Evra and Nani right now, as well as the gaps left by Ferdinand, Vidic, Giggs and Carrick in the future.
So maybe the biggest contribution the former Everton manager can bring, apart from Baines to replace Evra, is the development of the undoubtedly burgeoning young talent emerging from Carrington, including the Premier League Under 21 title-winning side.