At this time of year, transfer speculation seems to fall into one of three categories:
The Dream—a fun move that is rooted in fantasy. You want to believe.
The Plausible—transfer gossip with a shred of truth. You start to believe.
The Probable—a contract is up, the player wants a move, the club makes all the right noises. You believe.
Differentiating between the three is the challenge.
When the transfer window officially opens on July 1, so too does David Moyes’ tenure at Old Trafford.
It’s the dawn of a new era for the red half of Manchester. The Red Devils’ new manager will be in charge of his first game on August 17, but judgment begins before then.
The players that Moyes will sign, retain and move on will be held under a microscope—his every move analyzed and compared to those of predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson.
But who is likely to join Manchester United? There are the Dream players—think Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, the Plausible—Cesc Fabregas and Luka Modric. But which players fall into the Probable bracket? Who will transcend the gulf between gossip and reality?
Click through the next three slides to see which three players I have chosen. Agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments section below.