Manchester United will use this summer’s transfer window as the first step of their revival mission under David Moyes, with new, world-class personnel expected to walk through the Old Trafford front door.
Bayern Munich star Toni Kroos has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester throughout the campaign, but the Red Devils’ chances of landing the German midfielder took a serious hit in midweek.
Volker Struth, Kroos’ agent, told German newspaper Bild that his player will remain in Munich colours for at least another year, reported via BBC Sport: “There's no official contract offer and there's no need for United to submit one. Toni's at Bayern until at least 2015."
With the Kroos deal seemingly out the window, Moyes will need to turn elsewhere if he’s to ease United’s midfield woes.
Among the rumoured targets is Benfica midfielder Enzo Perez, who has impressed in the Premeira Liga this season.
According to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, Moyes and United chief scout Jim Lawlor went to watch the 28-year-old in action in Benfica’s recent clash with Porto—reported via the Mirror.
The report also stated that Moyes has made a direct inquiry as to how much it’ll cost to lure the Argentinian away from Benfica, as the links continue to pile up for the United boss.
As reported by Sky Sports, Moyes said that there’s limited truth in his side’s continuous links to players but reiterated that United are indeed looking to make several signings:
Not everything you read is correct, I've got to say that. We're linked with player after player and every time I go to a game I'm supposed to be signing three or four players from that game. That isn't the case but everyone is well aware we are looking to make signings and will try to do that whenever the opportunity arises. It will probably be after the end of the season before anything takes place but we have got to look to do one or two things.
Another player that United are reportedly interested in is Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder William Carvalho.
Per O Jogo (Portuguese article), representatives of the Red Devils have been to watch the young Portuguese star in action in Sporting’s last four matches; however, they may face some competition for his signature.
Cross goes on to say that Luke Shaw and Fabio Coentrao are also targets of the Manchester giants, but losing a player of Carvalho’s calibre would be a real blow, with United having reportedly agreed a deal for the 22-year-old—per Sunday People (via James Boylan of the Metro).
The central midfield positions are undoubtedly where Moyes needs to strengthen his side as the club’s rebuilding mission carries on into the summer.
Looking at WhoScored's records on Carvalho shows what United could add to their setup next season, as Carvalho scored four goals in 26 league appearances in the current campaign—all from defensive midfield.
While the rumours will continue to circulate, United fans won’t have any of their faith rekindled until players put pen to paper. With no lure of Champions League football at Old Trafford next season, fans will have to put their hope in Moyes’ powers of persuasion.