The Ginger Prince, known for his masterful long-range passing and hard-nosed tackling, will be extremely hard to supplant. Currently, two players are on the top of Manchester United's shortlist: Wesley Sneijder and Luka Modric.
While both are well qualified to garner a place in the United XI, Ferguson has recently stated that he has no interest in Wesley Sneijder, while others have say a deal is soon to be struck. Sneijder himself has been extremely coy about his future.
Modric, on the other hand, has openly expressed his desire to play at Stamford Bridge next season. Concurrently, Tottenham manger Harry Redknapp has been adamant that Modric is going nowhere.
Since a central midfielder is of necessity, here are five more players who could fit the mold.