Man Utd Transfer Rumours: Sergio Busquets and 10 Midfielders They'd Benefit From

Phil ConstableCorrespondent IJanuary 17, 2011

Man Utd Transfer Rumours: Sergio Busquets and 10 Midfielders They'd Benefit From

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    If the rumours are to be believed, Manchester United have made an approach to try and swoop Barcelona's defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets to replace the injury-plagued Owen Hargreaves. Busquets' agent has revealed that Old Trafford isn't the only possible destination for the World Cup winner.

    United are said to have made a £25m bid for the Spaniard whose contract talks with the Spanish champions appear to have stagnated.

    Busquets would undoubtedly be a great signing for United as they push for a 19th league title, but who else does Fergie have his eye on? Here are the other men in the middle of the park that the Red Devils have been linked with as the annual madness of the transfer window continues to persist. 

Bastian Schweinsteiger

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    Apparently, Ferguson has been promised funds by the Glazer family and this might not be the worst place to start.

    The German has had a great year for both club and country impressing for Bayern Munich, helping them to the Champions League final and guiding Germany to the semifinals before being beaten by the dominant Spanish.

    Sir Alex has been linked with Schweinsteiger in the past and if the already unlikely Busquets deal doesn't come to fruition, the German wouldn't be a bad second choice to try and bring to Manchester in the summer.

Yoann Gourcuff

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    Ferguson is said to have been interested in the French playmaker and now may have reignited his interest in the 24-year-old.

    The Lyon man is reported to be drawing a £22m price tag, a considerable fee for a man who hasn't got that great a profile in European football.

    However, Gorcuff does have some good reviews and his intricate playing style has been compared to that of the great Zinedine Zidane.

    A summer move is most likely here so hold tight and wait and see what happens come the end of this season. 

Lassana Diarra

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    Another Frenchman, Diarra has Premier League experience with Arsenal, Chelsea and Portsmouth.

    The holding midfielder has held down the No. 6 shirt in Spain with Real Madrid, however, since the arrival of Sami Khedira Diarra has struggled to get plating time sparking links of Diarra with a move away from the Bernabeu.

    Diarra would also replace Hargreaves and with Paul Scholes ageing would be a good replacement

Tim Cahill

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    The Australian has consistently been one of the best players in the Premier League over the past decade but with Everton struggling, Cahill may want to get off the sinking ship.

    If Cahill were to leave Everton there would no doubt be a long list of teams lining up to sign the attacking midfielder.

    You'd imagine United would be somewhere near the top of that list as Cahill's playmaking and goalscoring ability would link well with Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov.

    This deal is most likely come at the end of the season if Everton do capitulate and Cahill wants out of Goodison Park.

Gareth Bale

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    Ferguson will be rueing the fact that he lost out to Spurs in the chase for the Welshman's signature when he was a promising teenager at Southampton.

    Both Manchester clubs have been linked with a move for the winger who'd now command an inordinate transfer fee.

    Bale would be the perfect replacement for Ryan Giggs and would be a massive deal for United, however, the chances of this deal actually happening is remotely slim

Jordan Henderson

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    The young Englishman has been superb for Sunderland this season at the heart of the Black Cats' midfield and a move to a big club appears to be on the cards.

    Henderson would fit beautifully into United's passing game replacing Scholes at the heart of United''s midfield.

    Once again a summer move is most likely, with a transfer fee in the range of £15m. 

Jack Rodwell

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    United were linked with the talented Everton midfielder in the summer but a possible deal fell through. Ferguson is said to highly rate Rodwell who has played well for Everton despite their precarious position in the table.

    Rodwell would add a great engine to the United midfield and £20m would probably be the kind of fee he'd command. 

Alexis Sanchez

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    The Udinese winger is attracting a lot of attention from both United and Chelsea with the two clubs said to be battling it out for the Chilian.

    This tug of war is expected to continue into the summer, and a fee of £16m has been talked about.

    Sanchez has been dubbed 'the next Ronaldo' and if he replicates the success of Ronaldo at Old Trafford it'd be money well spent.

Radoslav Petrovic

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    Both United and Spurs have sent scouts to watch FK Partisan's defensive midfielder.

    Petrovic is highly rated by both clubs and has impressed for his club in the Champions League.

    The Serbian is somewhat of an unknown quantity but fellow Serb Nemanja Vidic has achieved great success at Old Trafford, something Petrovic will try to replicate if he ends up in Manchester.


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    The midfielder has been nicknamed the 'Brazilian Zidane' and the 'new Kaka'. Quite lofty expectations I'm sure you'd agree but the 21-year-old who plays for Santos has also been linked with Chelsea and Manchester City with Chelsea reportedly ready to spend €30m on the Brazilian.