Manchester United Transfer Rumours: 5 Players That Man U Should Consider Buying
With United fresh off a season in which they somehow managed to steal the Premier League title from rivals Chelsea, they should be keen on strengthening the midfield following the departure of the legendary midfield maestro Paul Scholes.
United have already added three pieces in Ashley Young, Phil Jones and David de Gea to arguably the deepest team in the Premier League. But Sir Alex Ferguson has yet to have signed the position where United need the most help: central midfield.
Whether he signs an attacking or defensive midfielder, United could certainly use help in the middle of the pitch. Here are five players that United should be keen on signing.
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The 19-year-old German international burst onto the European scene last season and helped Borussia Dortmund secure the top spot in the German Bundesliga.
Götze appeared in 41 games for Die Schwarzgelben, scoring eight goals and gathering 11 assists. He earned himself his first cap with the German national team in 2010 at the age of 18 and has been called "one of the best talents that we've ever had" by Matthias Sammer, the technical director of the German Football Association.
Götze's pace and technical prowess would make him a great buy for the Red Devils.
Daniele De Rossi
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De Rossi is the infamous future captain of the Italian national team. He is a world-class holding midfielder who can unleash devastating long range shots on occasion.
If De Rossi arrives at Old Trafford, he would instantly replace Michael Carrick in the holding midfield role. Carrick, who is more of an attacking midfielder, struggled to find his best form for much of last season and is replaceable.
The Azzurri midfielder, who is also a reported target of Manchester City, scored just three goals last season after bagging 11 in 2009-10. In order for United to land De Rossi, Sir Alex needs to open up his checkbook to the tune of around €40 million.
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Schweinsteiger would be the ideal fit for United. He is extremely strong on the ball and can command the midfield as a defensive or attacking player. His distribution is also excellent and his ability to play long diagonal balls mimic Paul Scholes.
Schweinsteiger, who just turned 27, has already been capped 87 times by Germany, scoring 21 goals in the process. Fresh off a successful World Cup in South Africa, Schweinsteiger found splendid form last season with his club Bayern Munich.
His eight goals and 10 assists in 41 appearances last season as a defensive midfielder outline the value he can provide for his club.
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How can any article pertaining to Manchester United transfer rumors not include Wesley Sneijder nowadays?
The Dutch midfielder has been heavily linked to Old Trafford this summer despite Sir Alex Ferguson assuring the club have no interest is his services. If Sir Alex changes his mind, Sneijder is certainly a good option.
A world-class talent that has enjoyed success with both club and country, Sneijder has all the tools required to thrive at Old Trafford. He is coming off an injury-plagued 2010-11 season, but somehow still managed to play in 38 games. If healthy, Sneijder would be a leading candidate to replace Paul Scholes.
Paulo Henrique Ganso
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The Brazilian international has been climbing the footballing ladder since 2009 with Santos. Ganso is coming off back-to-back stellar seasons in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.
In Brazil's disappointing Copa America, Ganso had a few moments of brilliance. His creativity and technique are the highlights of his game, while his physique and strength make him a great fit for Premier League football.
Ganso would probably cost more than any other player on this list, with Santos demanding €50 million for his services.