Manchester United Transfer News: Latest Buzz on Red Devils' Top Targets
David Moyes is in for an active summer.
There's no time to rest when you're the manager of Manchester United, and Moyes has plenty of work ahead if he wants to keep the club atop the Premier League mountain.
It will be hard enough to replace a legend in Sir Alex Ferguson. That task would become even more difficult if Moyes chooses to sit back this summer and not improve upon some of the Red Devils' biggest problems on the pitch.
You can expect plenty of action at Old Trafford this summer. Here are updates on three transfer targets for Manchester United.
Manchester United Haven't Contacted Cesc Fabregas
If Manchester United want Cesc Fabregas, they haven't made that known to the player. He spoke with Movistar, per the Daily Mail's Lee Bryan, and said that no clubs have gotten in touch with him regarding a transfer:
People talk a lot but the truth is that no-one has spoken with me.
I want to triumph in Barcelona, that club is my home and I always dreamed of playing there, so I will try and succeed there as long as I can.
When Fabregas was purchased by Barcelona, he looked to be the heir apparent to Xavi in the midfield. Unfortunately for the player, it hasn't worked out that way.
In his two seasons in Camp Nou, Fabregas has failed to become the key player for which the club was hoping. He hasn't been poor, but his form is not what you would have expected given his success at Arsenal.
Still, Spanish football expert Dermot Corrigan thinks it would be a major surprise to see him leave Barcelona already.
All the Fabregas to United / back to Arsenal / away from Barcelona stuff seems to be coming out of UK. Wishful thinking I reckons.— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) June 11, 2013
Fabregas would be a great addition to Manchester United should he actually move away from the Spanish club. The Red Devils need the kind of creative midfielder like Fabregas who can sit in behind the striker.
This feels like the fourth of fifth summer the reigning Premier League champions are linked with a midfield playmaker. United have missed out on the likes of Luka Modric and Wesley Sneijder before. It looks like the same will happen with Fabregas.
Robert Lewandowski Isn't Going Anywhere
The news doesn't get any better regarding Robert Lewandowski. United always only had an outside chance to buy him this summer, with Bayern Munich the favorite. Now, though, it appears nobody will be getting the striker.
Borussia Dortmund's general manager, Hans-Joachim Watzke, spoke to the Suddeutsche Zeitung, per a report in The Guardian. He said, "Robert will definitely be playing for Borussia Dortmund next season. We need this security to be able to plan (for the season)."
The news follows what German football journalist Raphael Honigstein said last week.
Dortmund really do mean business, they will keep Lewandowski. Rare example of a club sticking by their guns. Should happen more often.— raphael honigstein (@honigstein) June 9, 2013
.@Bild report that Dortmund have trebled Lewandowski's wages as a sweetener.a further sign that they're serious about keeping him until 2014— raphael honigstein (@honigstein) June 10, 2013
United aren't in dire need of strikers, but when one the quality of Lewandowski is available, you have to at least consider the move. He's scored 46 goals over the last two seasons in the Bundesliga. Of course, there were also the four goals he scored against Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal.
Whether Lewandowski ends up at Old Trafford or not, it will be interesting to see how his transfer saga unfolds. There have been so few occasions that a club has not allowed a player to leave before the end of his contract.
Claudio Marchisio Makes Himself Available
One player whom United might be able to snag should they be interested is Claudio Marchisio. He gave an interview with Corriere dello Sport, per Goal's Stefan Coerts:
Juventus have stated that my own intentions are decisive when it comes to my future, but there are obviously two parties involved.
I will have to talk to Juventus to find out whether I'm still an important player like before. If that's not the case, it's only normal that I will start looking elsewhere.
Of course, I feel proud when I hear of the interest of Monaco and Manchester United, even though nobody has called me at this point.
That last sentence certainly sounds like a "come and get me" plea. If so, United would be smart to listen.
Defensive midfielder has long been a problem for the club. There's no doubting the Red Devils are good enough to win the Premier League without a ball-winner in the midfield. Success in Europe will continue to be elusive, though, until the club decides to address the issue.
Marchisio would be a great addition for United. He's got a lot of versatility in the midfield. He can play in the center of the pitch or drop back and sit in front of the back four. The 27-year-old has even played in a more advanced midfield role, but that doesn't suit his style all that much.
There are probably better options out there, but the Red Devils would be smart to keep Marchisio on their radar.
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