True or False on 10 Latest Manchester United Summer Targets

Max TowleAnalyst IJune 13, 2013

True or False on 10 Latest Manchester United Summer Targets

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    The summer brings with in an inevitable snowstorm of transfer rumours linking Manchester United with some of the best players in Europe.

    The club is claimed to have interest in so many players, the uninformed fan could be mistaken for thinking it was rebuilding its squad from scratch.

    This article will wrap up 10 of the biggest transfer rumours currently making the rounds and assess whether there is truth in them.

    Are the Red Devils actively chasing these stars?

Ezequiel Garay

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    News broke on Wednesday that Manchester United were close to signing Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay.

    According to reports in Portugal, "An agreement in principle is in place between new Premier League champions United and the Lisbon giants for the 26-year-old," as the Mirror noted.

    The Argentina international is a terrific player and would easily transition to the British game were he to make the move.

    The proposed transfer is by no means official yet, but it is easy to believe that David Moyes would look to strengthen the Red Devils' back line.

    There may not be the greatest need at Old Trafford for another central defender, but in Moyes we trust.


    Verdict: True

Robert Lewandowski

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    Robert Lewandowski's four-goal spree against Real Madrid in the Champions League this year truly woke everyone up to his immense talent.

    He is an excellent all-around striker. The Poland international scored 36 goals in all competitions for Borussia Dortmund last season.

    According to the Telegraph, United have a genuine interest in acquiring his services this summer.

    "With Dortmund prepared to sell Lewandowski to a non-German club for £25 million, the player is keen to secure a move that could potentially see him quadruple his current £1.5 million-a-year deal at Dortmund."

    Moyes' arrival at Old Trafford won't change anything. United are still interested.


    Verdict: True

Stevan Jovetic

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    Stevan Jovetic was key to Fiorentina's fourth-place finish in Serie A last season.

    The Montenegrin forward struck 12 goals in the league last term and was a constant creative threat in the attacking third.

    Arsenal and Chelsea were thought to be leading the race within the Premier League, but sources in Italy recently reported that the Red Devils had joined the bidding. As the Express noted, "The Red Devils have reportedly made an enquiry for the former Partizan hitman."

    This one is incredibly hard to believe. Jovetic is a fine player, but there has been little in the way of tangible evidence touting him as a potential signing.


    Verdict: False


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    Within a few days of David Moyes' arrival in Manchester, rumours linking United with moves for a couple of Barcelona players cropped up.

    One of them was Thiago, a 22-year-old central midfielder touted as the next Xavi.

    Earlier this week, the Mirror reported that "Moyes has launched a £15 million bid to sign the Barcelona starlet."

    It is clear that finding a creative central player is a priority for the Scotsman, but other targets surely take priority over Thiago.

    He is a top prospect, though there would be a level of risk attached regarding his potential transition to the British game.


    Verdict: False

Marouane Fellaini

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    As soon as Moyes was unveiled as the new Manchester United manager, Marouane Fellaini's name shot up the list of rumoured targets.

    The towering Belgian had a fine campaign under the manager at Everton, playing in a less familiar second forward role.

    On paper, the box-to-box midfielder would solve many of the Red Devils' current issues, both in terms of protecting the back line and bringing the ball out of defence.

    But I believe that Moyes would rather start from scratch at Old Trafford; to do things on his own terms.

    He will want to prove himself with new players, rather than calling on former soldiers to come to his aide.


    Verdict: False

Kevin Strootman

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    The far more likely target to play the box-to-box role is PSV Eindhoven's Kevin Strootman.

    The Netherlands international has been linked with the Red Devils for over a year, but seems to remain near the top of the club's list of priorities.

    With Strootman currently playing at the Euro U21 Championships, David Moyes is reportedly keeping tabs on the 23-year-old.

    According to the Express, "Chief scout Jim Lawlor was reportedly spotted at the youth tournament in Israel recently, to watch Strootman who started both games as Holland beat Germany and Russia."

    Strootman is an excellent prospect and could be exactly what United need alongside Michael Carrick in midfield.


    Verdict: True

Cesc Fabregas

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    The initial rumours linking Cesc Fabregas with a move to Manchester United seemed absurd.

    But as the more serious mainstream media organisations began to pick up on it, its legitimacy grew. This one is for real.

    Cesc has had a decent campaign for La Liga-winning Barcelona, making more appearances than any other outfield player in the competition.

    In an interview with the Sunday People, former United full-back Denis Irwin said, "Cesc Fabregas has zoomed up Manchester United's transfer target list to the top position and the champions are going to move heaven and earth to get him" (h/t ESPN).

    It seems Moyes is a massive fan of his. It would cost United a bomb, but watch this space.


    Verdict: True

Cristiano Ronaldo

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    At one stage, there was great optimism over the possibility of Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Old Trafford this summer.

    But that hope has died a little with the Portuguese forward's comments following a World Cup qualification game against Russia.

    "I am well, calm and not worried about it. I know we will reach a deal," he told reporters after his side's 1-0 win (via ESPN).

    But here the question isn't whether or not the Red Devils will conclude a deal, but if their interest is genuine.

    David Moyes would love to coach a player of his calibre, while the Glazers would jump at securing a deal that would boost the club's share prices no end.


    Verdict: True

Claudio Marchisio

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    One of the more intriguing links of the summer so far has been Manchester United's apparent interest in Juventus' Claudio Marchisio.

    The 27-year-old is a key component of one of the most fashionable midfields in the game, playing alongside Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal.

    In late May, Italian sources proposed that the Red Devils were preparing to make a move for Marchisio.

    Football Italia claimed that United were putting together a £25 million offer, and that the Turin-based side were receptive to a possible sale.

    Is it believable? No, not really. He is a fine player, but Juve would never sell.


    Verdict: False

Gareth Bale

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    £85 million is the extraordinary price touted for Gareth Bale's signature.

    The Welsh attacking midfielder had a barnstorming season at Tottenham Hotspur, winning the PFA's Player of the Season Award for his troubles.

    He looked mightily impressive playing in a more central role under Andre Villas-Boas, scoring 26 goals in all competitions.

    Last month, the Mirror claimed Manchester United were one of the suitors vying for Bale's signature.

    With the price tag so high, though, it stands to reason that the Red Devils may have already given up the ghost.


    Verdict: False


    What do you make of these rumours? Who is likely to move to Old Trafford this summer?