Manchester United: Wesley Sneijder and 5 Most Likely Summer Signings

Maxx GCorrespondent IIMay 17, 2011

Manchester United: Wesley Sneijder and 5 Most Likely Summer Signings

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    There has been news all over as the season approaches its end. From Carlo Ancelotti's future in Chelsea to West Ham's relegation to United's win in the season, all the news have been interesting and crispy to the ear to hear.

    However, as the summer market awaits, I guess there is nothing more interesting and juicy than the transfer speculations and rumors. Some of them will come true, and some may not. It is all a matter of time that will decide the summer market moves, big or little.

    Manchester United won the EPL this season for a record breaking 19th time, and their manager Sir Alex Ferguson has already indicated of shaking up his team with new energy for the next season. People have said that this United team may have been the weakest of all time—that remains a debate—but the new season will see some big new faces for sure in Red Devils' camp.

    Fergie has clearly indicated his intentions of selling out some players from the squad if the right offer comes, the prominent names being Jonny Evans, Wes Brown and Darron Gibson. The fate of the leading goalscorer Dimitar Berbatov still remains under the fog, but the indications are clearly of selling the striker. Paul Scholes and Edwin van der Sar may be having their last seasons here, and all of these factors will come into play for the United manager while making the transfer moves this summer.  

Wesley Sneijder: The Playmaking Solution

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    Now, nothing more needs to be explained here.

    The United boss has already said "Give me Wesley" and has left the decision to the owners of the club for the signing of the £30m midfielder from Inter Milan. A stumbling block in the way may be the £170,000-a-week San-Siro wages for the playmaker, but Ferguson is confident that he can crack the deal and land Wesley if the owners give a green to go.

    Sneijder has always been thought to be perfect replacement to the retiring Paul Scholes in United, and can be an effective solution to the play making of United. Honestly, at present, United has no such good play maker, it is Wayne Rooney only who drops down and tries to create the balls for goals.

    He is best in his passing the ball skills, and that can help United a lot. Since United has got players like Chicharito who are good scorers if supplied well, so addition of Sneijder to the squad can boost the scoring prowess of United.

    Sneijder is also deadly in his set piece moves, and a player like him is what United needs at the moment.

Danielle De Rossi: Anchor It Right, Tight

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    Manchester United has been following this player for a long time. The veteran Roma midfielder is a unique gem.

    De Rossi can not only hold tight the midfield with his tackling skills but can also rise up to the occasion of passing the ball up front and scoring. He is a player with good physical abilities to withstand the EPL and also has valuable experience with the World Cup winning Italy team.

    It is said that Rossi is currently unhappy with the manager at Roma, and is on the look for football of higher order, which United can offer him. Reports say that the 27 year old has been tagged with 14m and United are in negotiations with the same.

    De Rossi can offer the United midfield a strong thread to hold on to, with teammates like Darren Fletcher. The arrival of De Rossi can be a real momentum for the team, especially when the likes of Owen Hargreaves and Michael Carrick have already degraded.

David De Gea: The Fine Replacement

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    Yes, yes, yes. United are in talks to sign the highly rated 20-year-old Spanish goal keeper from Athletico. 

    It is reported that United have already tabled a bid of about £15-20m for the youngster and David is still about to decide his future. De Gea has made some impressive performances already and has attracted eyes all over the world for his talents. At such young age, the United manager can have a lot of time to build that player if bought.

    However, I doubt whether buying a such young player now can be of value to the club at the moment. Edwin van der Sar is going to retire and we can have no good substitutes for him as fine replacements.

    United should be going for some one more experienced like Maarten Stekelenburg from Ajax. He has followed the footsteps of Van der Sar and is also recommended by the current United goalkeeper as his successor in United.

    It is only a matter of time before we know who will finally play in the Red jersey for United.

Ashley Young: Flanking Perfect

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    United are back to race to sign the highly talented England winger Ashley Young. 

    Young is no new name in EPL now, and everybody knows how valuable he can be to any team in the EPL. United are playing with two players on the left wing, Nani and Ryan Giggs. Giggs, who has been a legend for United, is going to retire, and hence United needs a man to fill the place in.

    Young, 25, is a fast mover of the ball from the left and can not only assist in the goals but can also move up and score too.

    He can be a good replacement to the retiring Giggs in United, if United wins the race to sign him against Liverpool. The Reds also have been in contest to sign the £15m rated player and it is now down to the two rivals United and Liverpool to snatch this deal. Will Young choose the Old Trafford and Champions' League football? Or will he move to Anfield for £65,000 wages per week? This is going to be a major transfer move.

Raphael Varane: Adding Depths to Defense

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    While United is looking to sell off defenders Jonny Evans and Wes Brown, reinforcements become a necessary option at the back.

    It has been reported that the United boss has nearly cracked a deal with French team Lens to land the 18-year-old French starlet Raphael Varane.

    Though Varane signed a two-year contract with his team Lens, still the media reports that the United boss is confident about the "nearly done" deal. The deal is reported to be around $3.7 million. But what can Varane offer United?

    Raphael Varane has made about 17 impressive appearances for his team this season and has been on the radar of many managers for his defensive prowess at such tender age.

    At a towering height of about 6'3", Varane has been a stand-out player for French young teams of U21s and U19s. Varane, if signed, can really add some good support to the mainframe defenders of United and can also be used as a defensive midfielder at times when needed.

Nikica Jelavic: The End of Dimitar Berbatov?

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    One of the most crucial decisions that the United manager has to make for the next season is whether to retain the striker Berbatov or sell him off.

    Berbatov, the leading goalscorer of the EPL, has been moved to substitutes after the impressive performance of the newly bought Chicharito. Also, Berbatov has been highly inconsistent in his results and a is slow mover of the game, which contradicts the United style of play.

    Nikica Jelavic, a Croatian striker, who has been terrific in his form this season for Rangers, has claimed that United has been in talks with his agent to land the striker for a reported £13m deal at Old Trafford. The Croatian has a good physical build and is a fine scorer also, which is the strongest reason for United to buy him.

    The in-form striker has missed three months of the season in Rangers but managed to score 18 goals in total this season. He has a 4 year contract with his club till 2014, and has indicated of possible summer moves if United confirms and goes ahead with their interest.