Manchester United Transfer News: Diego Costa, Filipe Luis Scouted by David Moyes

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2014

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 21:  Diego Costa (2ndL) of Atletico de Madrid celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates Filipe Luis (L), Diego Godin (R) and Adrian Lopez (2ndR) during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Levante UD at Vicente Calderon Stadium on December 21, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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After an exciting few days for Manchester United fans, the club's intentions to spend big are being solidified, as reported by Ian Ladyman from The Mail Online.

Ladyman states that United scouts watched targets Filipe Luis and Diego Costa help Atletico Madrid to a 4-2 win over Rayo Vallecano on Sunday, with approaches set to be made for the pair in the summer transfer window.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29:  Luke Shaw of Southampton is tackled by Steven Naismith of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park on December 29, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Paul Thom
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He also reports Luke Shaw is very much on Moyes' radar, and a move for the exciting Southampton wonderkid will be made. 

Ladyman also says United have become increasingly confident of signing Wayne Rooney to a long-term deal, which would give Moyes an excellent foundation in building a new United team. 

On the possibility of future signings, Moyes was quoted saying:

We’ve lacked a bit of creativity and imagination in the final third of the pitch and I really hope Juan can deliver quickly.

This is the first of many more to come. I’m looking forward to Juan being the start of it. 

The future of Costa has been subject to much speculation after his excellent form in La Liga. The Brazilian striker has been chased by Jose Mourinho, with Mirror Sport tweeting that Chelsea aim to cut a deal to take the player to Stamford Bridge:

A move for Costa would be a strange one for United, despite their lavish plans to spend in large quantities. 

Costa's potency in from of goal is proven, with a great return of 19 goals in his 21 appearances in the Spanish league, per Squawka.

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 19:  Diego Costa of Club Atletico de Madrid shoots at goal during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Sevilla FC at Vicente Calderon Stadium on January 19, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Image
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However, any move for Costa would put into doubt the futures of both Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez. Welbeck in particular has been in fine form this season, and has been one of Moyes' few success stories. 

Defender Luis looks a more realistic target to bolster United's ravaged defence.

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The 28-year-old Brazilian left-back would address the immediate needs of replacing Patrice Evra in the summer. However, a move for Shaw would surely also put this deal in doubt.

The past few months have shown United's need to revamp. As popular as Evra is with the Old Trafford crowd, his abilities to get back and defend are now compromised.

With the added pressure of having an ageing Nemanja Vidic on his inside, who is no longer the player he once was, it is no surprise that the Reds have slipped down the table in double-quick time.

Luis would be a fine addition, if no deal for Shaw is forthcoming, and he would also be considerably cheaper. This would suit United if they continue to look for players of the standard and value of Juan Mata

As good as Shaw is, his potential £30 million price could be out of range for United. He would be incredibly difficult to justify at the prices quoted. There is no doubting he could become a future star, but the Southampton man is yet unproven at the top level.

Luis would be a viable alternative.