Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Latest Gossip on Final Transfer Targets

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2013

NORWICH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17:  Marouane Fellaini of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Everton at Carrow Road on August 17, 2013 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
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David Moyes is yet to make a marquee signing as Manchester United manager, but if the rumours are anything to go by, the Scottish boss has real ambition heading into the final week of the summer transfer window.

The Red Devils are suggested to be hunting a number of world-class talents before the deadline. As the cut-off points approaches, the rumour mill has gone into overdrive.

Which players are being touted with a late move to Old Trafford? Has Moyes identified realistic targets who are likely to don the famous red shirt one day? Let’s take a look at the latest rumours and what the press are saying about them.

Latest Gossip on Final Transfer Targets of the Summer

Cristiano Ronaldo’s name continues to come up during talks of potential transfers. The Portuguese legend is sorely missed in Manchester and would be welcomed back to United with open arms. Although his return is certainly feasible, the Real Madrid superstar is expected to lengthen his Spanish stay before heading back to England.

As reported by Daniel Taylor of The Guardian, Ronny could come back to the North of England in the near future:

Cristiano Ronaldo has informed Manchester United he would like to return to the club one day, probably to end his career, after a summer in which the Premier League champions have explored the possibilities behind the scenes of bringing him back from Real Madrid.

United have been closely monitoring Ronaldo's position for the best part of a year and, while that has not resulted in a hard offer, their clear information is that he is open to the idea of moving back to Manchester, albeit not for at least one more season.

Staying in La Liga for United's next rumoured target, it seems Mesut Ozil represents a more likely immediate purchase for the Premier League champions.

Now Gareth Bale's transfer to the Bernabeu is on the brink of completion, as reported by Pete Jenson of The Telegraph, it seems the German midfielder will become surplus to requirements in a squad that is bursting with quality.

Adam Crafton of the Daily Mail suggests Real Madrid are ready to offer Ozil's services for £38 million:

Manchester United are among the clubs who have been put on alert with Germany star Mesut Ozil set to be made available for £38million by Real Madrid.

Bild report the 24-year-old playmaker, who can play both centrally and from the wings, fears for his Real future with the arrival of Gareth Bale imminent.

While Manchester United have also been linked with the services of Luka Modric, the Real Madrid midfielder is likely to remain in Spain now Xabi Alonso's broken foot is confirmed, as reported by Richard Tanner of the Express:

Real Madrid playmaker Alonso will be out for up to three months after fracturing a metatarsal in training yesterday.

And that setback is likely to force Real boss Carlo Ancelotti to put the block on any of his midfield player leaving the Bernabeu – at least in this transfer window.

With Manchester United also considering a £40 million bid for Cesc Fabregas, according to Matt Law of the Mirror, this sum could tempt Moyes into action. The manager's hunt for a midfielder has dominated headlines since he took over the hot seat at the beginning of July, with one other name continuing to crop up.

Marouane Fellaini's potential Old Trafford arrival would satisfy the needs of a team that has been crying out for a defensive midfielder across the past few seasons. The towering destroyer, who was brought to Everton by Moyes in 2008, appears to be a natural fit for the Theatre of Dreams.

As reported by Dominic King and Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail, the Belgian star believes conditions are right to seal a transfer away from Goodison Park:

Marouane Fellaini wants to quit Everton for Manchester United before his price tag gets even higher next year.

The Belgium midfielder is currently valued at more than £23million by Everton, who rejected a joint bid for Fellaini and Leighton Baines of £28m at the start of the week.

With Everton unwilling to sell to their old manager David Moyes, United face a fight to land their first major transfer of the summer.

However, Sportsmail understands that Fellaini is keen to be given his chance at a really top club before next summer's World Cup has a potential impact on his value.

With six days left of the transfer window, Moyes will have to act fast in order to confirm any of the aforementioned players. He has a busy week ahead, but as reported by Graeme Yorke of the Daily Mail, the 50-year-old manager may decide buying someone in this window isn't a possibility.